It’s amazing what a few decades can do to a person, and to a vehicle. Not to mention what time can do to the price of vehicles. When I got my license and started buying vehicles in the late-70s, this 1974 Ford Bronco would have been in mint condition and it probably would have sold for less than what the seller is asking for this one: $4,700. Time has taken a toll on a lot of us, personally, and also on this very rusty Bronco. It’s on Craigslist in the Duluth, Minnesota area; not surprisingly where they use literally tons and tons of road salt every winter.
This one must have been off of the roads for awhile since it’s not wearing license plates. I don’t know if it should be on public roads in this condition. But, the seller says that they “drove it 35 miles today. 4×4 works great. Wipers work heater works. Lights work blinkers works.” When even the seller says to “expect a major project”, you know that it’ll need a lot of work! It’s hard to believe how hard time is on most things, especially metal things when road salt is involved. Yet, the seller says you just “get in hit the key and drive.” And, it also has brand new Goodyear tires and a new battery. Maybe it isn’t as dire as I’m making it out to be?
I don’t know if I’ve seen too many Broncos in this color, but if you look at the photos you’ll see that it’s been repainted at some point. This blue color fits in perfectly with the cold background, doesn’t it? We all know that Broncos have absolutely gone viral, so to speak, in the vehicle world, almost like the Porsche 911, Jaguar E-Type, Mercedes-Benz 190SL, etc. Maybe even a decade ago you would have been immediately been dragged to a padded cell if you were to suggest that a rusted-out Bronco like this one would be worth $4,700 someday; yet here it is. Hagerty lists a #4 “fair” condition Bronco as being $7,700! And to think, some people bought stocks instead of vehicles! A #1 “concours” Bronco is valued at $54,500! So, yes, a restoration on this one makes sense if a person did at least some of the work him/herself.
This odd, diagonal photo is a composite, just to try to keep the images in the same size/format, since the seller didn’t take any horizontal overall photos of the interior. Just some insider info in case you see one of these types of images on other posts, that’s why we do that. Back to the Bronco! You can see that you’ll need to hit up the aftermarket catalogs for thousands and thousands of dollars in replacement interior goods, right after you order thousands and thousands of body parts. A vehicle this rusty scares the living daylights out of me, but I know that a lot of you have restored similarly rusty vehicles to like-new condition. Is this one savable?
This is Ford’s 302 V8 with around 200 hp and this one has the super rare factory auxiliary gas tank! Just kidding, of course.. I’m not sure how the seller drives this one 35 miles on that small gas tank, the MPG wasn’t good when it was new. Or, maybe it isn’t a fuel-related tank? If it is, it looks pretty scary to me to have an open gas tank under the hood of a 43-year old vehicle. My wife thinks that I have a of rules, the seller has a few of his own! “Cash only. Firm price No tire kickers. No shipping NO EMAILS….I will not respond No text I will not respond. CALLS ONLY.” NO SOUP FOR YOU! What are your thoughts on this Bronco? Can it be saved or would it be better to keep it as a farm snowplow truck or something like that at this point?