Classic 68' Bronco has the heart of a Mustang Shelby GT500
Last week, we already got to see the all-new Ford Bronco albeit in race truck form. While we have yet to see it in production, the next-generation Bronco does appear to keep the signature boxy design as before. We're also curious as to what engine it will have. But with the Blue Oval brand keeping its cards close its chest, we'll just have to wait and see as to when Ford will unveil the new all-new Bronco.
At this year's SEMA Show however, former talk show host and all-around car enthusiast Jay Leno arrived at the annual show with what appears to be a restored 1968 Ford Bronco. Finished in a custom 'Tonight Blue' paintjob, and rolling on BF Goodrich 275/65/R18 tires, this particular Ford looks mint.
But that is not entirely the case as this Bronco has the pounding heart of a thoroughbred. After sitting for years at Jay Leno's garage unrestored, this 68' Bronco now has a stonking 5.2-liter supercharged V8 derived from the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500. This means this beast could have over 750 horsepower and maybe a 840 Nm of torque.
But don't think that this Bronco is only meant for the drag strip or the race track. Despite having a muscle car engine, this has a proper 4WD system that is paired to a five-speed TR-4050 Tremec gearbox. It also has a transfer case, custom airbox, stainless steel gas tank, as well as a radiator and supercharger cooler to keep the 4x4 in optimal temperature.
Further complementing its 4x4 capability is its array of suspension and chassis upgrades. From race-tuned coilovers and stabilizers, heavy-duty differentials and gears, upgraded disc brakes and master cylinder from Wilwood, and uprated driveshafts and axle shafts.
So how did this all come together? Well besides getting help from Ford Performance and from Kincer Chassis (who helped restore the body and installed the powertrain), this Bronco was originally meant to be a joke for Jay Leno. Sent by fellow former late night talk show host Craig Ferguson, it was put up at Leno's parking spot on the eve of his last taping. However, Leno knew the value of the Bronco and happily took the gift. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Could this mean that the new Bronco can come with a V8? Let's hope Ford has that planned out in the future.