You may not be able to buy a new 1960s Ford Bronco, but a St. Louis-area firm is offering you the next best—and maybe better—thing.
As originally reported by The Detroit News, Seth Burgett's new Gateway Bronco offers well-heeled shoppers the opportunity to order up a resto-modded 1960s or '70s Bronco almost as though they had walked into a Ford dealer. Buyers can select the options they want and they get to pick between a trio of custom versions almost like trim levels. What's more, unlike a restoration that can take years to complete, Gateway Bronco promises delivery within just two months—or even faster for an expedited fee.
The trio of Broncos on offer include:
- The "Fuelie," which has a 427-cubic inch V-8, new paint, a leather interior, a choice of automatic or manual transmissions, and a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
- The "Survivor," which adds a 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V-8 engine from a new Ford Mustang but retains its original paint with patina yet still offers a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
- The "Warrior," which ups the game with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, new paint, a 4-link rear suspension, and a host of other updates, plus a five-year warranty.
The Broncos aren't cheap, starting at $80,000 for the Fuelie and climbing to $160,000 for the Warrior. But they do give buyers a step up on those waiting for Ford to re-introduce the Bronco.
Burgett's firm is in the vein of Texas-based Wagonmaster, which restores Jeep Grand Wagoneers from the 1980s and puts a $50,000-plus pricetag on them. Similarly, Jay Leno recently drove a Dodge Power Wagon that had been restored by Wyoming's Legacy Classic Trucks.