Fresh V8: 1973 Ford Bronco

When a classic car comes onto the market and you find that 178 people are watching the listing, then you can be pretty sure that you are dealing with a fairly popular vehicle. That is the case with this 1973 Ford Bronco, which is located in San Juan Capistrano, California, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has also been pretty spirited and has pushed the price along to $28,600 in a No Reserve auction.

Finished in Copper Brown, the paint on the Bronco is said to be largely original. It has had a repaint on the hood, plus a couple of minor touch-ups around the vehicle. The owner says that it has a few marks and chips on it, but he believes that the paint and chrome will respond well to a bit of polish. He states that he hasn’t done this himself because he likes the appearance as is. Go figure. He does supply some photos of the Bronco’s underside, and it looks to be spotlessly clean. The windshield has some clouding in the passenger side corner, but overall, this is one really clean and neat Bronco.

The interior of the Bronco has a very original look about it, and it presents quite nicely for a 4×4 of this age. The houndstooth upholstery on the driver’s seat is stretched, and it also has a dirty look on both front seats, but that’s about all that I can fault with the upholstered surfaces. It might even be that the dirtiness on the seats might respond well to a good clean. The carpet has been replaced at some point, and while some recent mechanical work was performed, the owner took the opportunity to install a new gauge cluster at the same time. The original radio still sits in the dash, and this just looks to be a really clean interior.

It’s under the hood where a lot of the recent work has been undertaken with the Bronco, and it looks like it has been well worth the effort. The 302ci V8 engine has only clocked 871 miles since it received a full rebuild. During this process, the engine received an HEI distributor, a new Holley 4-barrel carburetor that has been bolted to a Weiand Street Warrior intake, a new fuel pump, new headers, and a dual exhaust. The upshot of this work is an engine that sounds great and performs well. There is a YouTube video at the bottom of this article. It provides a walk-around of the Bronco, plus some footage of it running and driving. It sounds close to perfect. In addition to the engine work, the Bronco has a new fuel tank, and new tires fitted to OEM wheels.

The Bronco is an exceptionally popular 4×4, especially in V8 form. This one is a vehicle that is nice but isn’t perfect. The owner’s aim with the upgrades that have been performed was to ensure that it was a competent and comfortable daily driver. It seems that he has managed to achieve these goals, and it looks like someone is about to reap the benefit of all of his hard work.


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  1. Arthell64 Member

    Looks nice. Seller will do well.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      I agree Arthell64. As far as a ‘comfortable daily driver.’ Maybe around town. I am guessing a 4 or 5 speed manual swap with the new owner.

  2. TimM

    This is the same year as mine except mine is the ranger edition!!! I can’t believe what they go for!!! This one is clean and I don’t see rust in the typical spots where they usually start to fall apart!! With that said it seems like a good one to have!! It’s also rare to see the stock hub caps and the wheel openings uncut with no flares!!

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    • Mark

      It’s a cut Bronco so right away you know there was rust. The fact it is cut makes it a no go for me.

  3. TimM

    Oops sorry the rear wheel openings have been cut!! Didn’t notice them being there painted the same color as the body!!!

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    I went the Blazer route in the day because the Broncos weren’t big enough to tow race car trailers. That being said, this is a really nice piece.

  5. Cattoo Cattoo Member

    I almost turned the video off when the music started then recognized it. As a lad I’d listen to this with my grandmother while we were doing chores or perhaps playing “Crazy 8s” or “Kings in the Corner” with a bought in a vending machine in MGM Reno deck of playing cards.

  6. Keith KeithC

    Wow, really nice Bronco!

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  7. chrlsful

    A 2nd set of 1/4s brings’em back. Bronk only C4 should stay if a DD…last yr for the T handled x-fer, 1st yr for the auto & PS, all ready had the D44 every model. Good yr to get~
    Didn’t sell? Must B another test

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