Uncut Original Survivor: 1972 Ford Bronco

Early Ford Broncos continue to be very strong sellers. When you add original paint and uncut rear fenders, they command very solid prices in almost any condition. Such is the case with this 1972. It can be found for sale here on eBay with a current bid of $7,000! While this truck has some fairly common rust issues, the seller doesn’t appear to be hiding anything. In fact, they have responded in the ad with additional information regarding condition questions. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the ad suggests the buyer transport via trailer as the tires are not in good shape. Let’s take a look at this cool vintage ride!

The interior looks pretty standard for a vintage Bronco. You can see the cream accents with blue paint is actually a decent combination. I’m not sure why the seller didn’t pull the seat covers off before the photos? I’d love to see what the original seats look like. The big problem with the passenger compartment is the floors. As you can see, there is a pretty big hole on the driver’s floor. The aftermarket supports these trucks with a lot of sheet metal patch panels, so anyone with a grinder and welder should be able to get it fixed up (at least enough to drive comfortably).

The engine is a 302 V8 and besides the aftermarket air cleaner and radiator, it looks pretty stock. The transmission is a 3-on-the-tree and the seller says it runs and shifts well for its age. You can see there is no brake booster for power brakes and it doesn’t appear there is a power steering pump either. These old Broncos are nimble enough, power steering isn’t really necessary, but if the new owner lifts the suspension and adds wide tires, they may want to consider upgrading.

According to EarlyBoncoAds.com, production numbers for the first-generation Bronco wagons totaled just over 200,000 units with 1972 having 21,115 units produced. I don’t know what percentage are original survivors like this one, but I would bet it’s a very small number. Hopefully, this truck gets a new lease on life with some TLC from a new owner. What is your opinion of this ol’ Bronc?


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  1. Classic Steel

    Nice canvas to start with options to just plate floor and drive or restore back to original shape.

    I like the fact it drives and engine runs which makes it a working project 👍

    Like 5
  2. Frank Sumatra

    How many of us have driven by 100’s of these rotting in fields over the past 40 years?

    Like 7
  3. Trevor

    It’s OK to pay a premium if your going to restore it and make it a beauty queen, but if you’re going to wheel it and beat the crap out of it you’re better off buying a cj-5 dirt cheap!

    Like 2
  4. chrlsful

    not a tippy as the jeep, a lill bigger.
    I say paint the hood, top of fenders’n keep the seat covers.
    What else is needed to drive a multipurpose (feels/looks new
    frm the ‘important seat’)?
    Done so the last 37 yrs w/a ’70/77.

  5. Hal

    Make this Broncos road worthy etc.
    Keep the body looking as is.
    THEN GO SHOPPING and see who is going to dent or scratch it.
    Much peace of mind is the result.

    Like 1
  6. Johnny

    First this I would do is throw the big air cleaner away. About 2 months ago. My 78 bronco caught on fire under the hood. If it hadn,t been for the big air breather. The fire would have been easier to get to and I would not have ended up in the burn center in Huntington,W.Va. Then I would tune it up. Check out everything .Get it safe to drive and dependable and drive it. $7,500 is high for what I see needs to be checked out and read.I saw one in VA awhile back for $950 and it was in good shape–about like this one. It was on Craigslist. It sold quick. Which I figured it would.

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