Having sold more of these early Broncos than just about any other dealer in the world, we have a pretty good handle on what makes them so special. This absolutely STUNNING 1976 Ford Bronco 4x4 Restomod offers 347 Stroker V8 power, a performance-built AOD 4-speed automatic transmission, an awesome color combination, great options, and that killer Early Bronco look that changed the world's SUV game forever.
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instead of going too hardcore into modernity. Modifications are a matter of taste, but just about everyone can agree that this fully restored Copper Metallic 4x4 is a great-looking truck. You can't go wrong with a high-impact color like the bright copper that adorns this beautiful, laser-straight steel body, since it's going to be high-visibility no matter what you do, so you might as well lean into all that attention. Thankfully, the paint and bodywork was done the right way to a very high standard, and it looks like it was very recently finished with a deep luster, crystal-clear clarity, and consistent uniformity throughout. It's one of the nicer paint jobs you'll ever see on a vintage SUV, and the body looks so good it's obvious it was never ridden hard and put up wet. Great panel fit and a killer shine to the paint don't hide any nasty secrets underneath and the satin black front grille and removable top offers nice contrast to the copper finish. It's an original 'U15' Bronco, which means it was born with a full hardtop and backseat, but during the restoration the builders added the half-cab top to make it a bit more versatile. Thankfully, they left the seat bolts, so it could always be converted back, but for now it more pickup than SUV, complete with a diamond-plate toolbox mounted in the bed. The bright chrome bumper and bumper guards up front add bling, as do the laser-straight profile spears adorning the flanks and tailgate, and all the remaining trim around the glass, door handles, side mirrors, and even the gas caps and badges shine up beautifully against the finish. Oversized rear fender flares, a heavy-duty rear bumper, and swing-away spare tire with a matching rim all add to the Bronco's beefy attitude, proving that beauty and brawn can indeed mix cohesively.
The interior is relatively basic, yes, but it's fresh and does 'basic' with lots of style. The custom bucket seats are sportier, better sculpted, and a lot more comfortable than the stock units, and they've been upholstered in elegant tan leather that's as supple as it is durable. A Tuffy-box center console features an upholstered arm rest that matches the hides on the seats, while custom door cards were fabricated to include map pockets and big Kicker spears. A thick, black dash pad really makes things feel more civilized inside, as does the taut vinyl floor-lining that insulates the cab from below, while a custom roll bar was fastened directly to the frame to stiffen the body and provide safety out on the trails. We love that they restored a vintage, dual-ring Ford steering wheel rather than swapping in some off-the-shelf unit like most builds do, as it really elevates the level of the build inside, and it was mounted atop an Ididit tilt column that gives the driver a lot more room in the cockpit. A column shifter means this is a 'set-it and forget-it' cruiser and the transfer case shifter is a short reach away, while the steel dashboard was repainted white (like almost every Early Bronco, regardless of original color combination) and filled with refurbished gauges and a Painless wiring harness, fresh knobs and switches, a Retro-Sound AM/FM/AUX stereo, and a full Vintage Air A/C unit that blows ice cold. Other amenities include a module for the Holley Sniper EFI system, synchronized wipers with washers, cup holders, shoulder seatbelts, cup holders, and upgraded Kicker speakers. And while your first choice will always be to drive the Bronco alfresco, the removable hardtop does seal up nicely, while the rear bed area was professionally lined with black spray-in bedliner material for a very clean, finished look.
Under the hood, the 302 V8 crate engine was balanced, bored, and stroked to 347 cubic inches and runs like a dream today. Torquey, smooth, and way fun to drive, it matches the Bronco's personality perfectly. Appearing relatively stock and very clean, there are several choice upgrades under the hood, including Edelbrock aluminum heads, a Comp cam, a Holley Sniper EFI system, an Edelbrock dual-plane intake, a serpentine belt/pulley system, and long-tube headers at the flanks. More vintage Mustang than Bronco, it's an incredibly strong runner that breathes easy through that custom air cleaner and cone filter up top, and the bark from the dual exhaust system makes it a lot of fun to run it through the gears, on road or off. The AOD 4-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and spins upgraded Tom Woods driveshafts that feed heavy-duty axles fore and aft that never seem to mind the work off-roading. There's a recent set of Bilstein shocks underneath that help set that wicked stance, along with a steering stabilizer, upgraded radius arms, and all-new steering components that feature an AGR power steering box that help this Early Bronco track straight. Wilwood power front disc brakes stop the truck on a dime, while bright Pacer alloys are wrapped in meaty 33x10.5x15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that finish the look perfectly.
Make no mistake, Early Broncos are red hot and this one is an excellent example that's ready to show-or-go right now. Whatever the terrain, this Bronco 4x4 is always entertaining. Call today!