Those looking to purchase an ICON Bronco have a number of styles to choose from, ranging from thoroughly modernized examples with newer wheels and tires to classic, old school models that resemble the original Ford Bronco they’re based on. Build number 76, which was just completed, opted for the former, a look that truly retains the character of these old fashioned off-road vehicles.
Fittingly, the new owner of this beautiful ICON Bronco opted to keep it simple in a number of ways. That includes its choice of top, which consists of only a bikini-style cover to really keep the air flowing. But though it looks much like an original 1969 Ford Bronco on the outside, this restomodded example is packing a second-generation Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 underhood, which is backed up by the automaker’s 6R80 automatic transmission.
The rest of the drivetrain is equally beefy and consists of a Dana 60-based rear differential and Dana 44 up front, both of which were further enhanced by the folks at Curry. ARB locking differentials further upgrade this Bronco’s off-road capabilities, while Brembo brakes help slow it down far quicker than any first-gen model did from the factory.
In terms of looks, few might even notice that this Bronco is far from original, however. Those forged aluminum 18-inch “steelie” style wheels certainly look the part, even if they are light years ahead of the old fashioned wheels they’re designed to look like. The wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires that also provide a big upgrade from stock.
The exterior of the Bronco is likely very subtle, yet incredibly clean, painted a rather understated Dove Gray that doesn’t scream “look at me.” The interior is covered in a durable aircraft-grade vinyl, which is probably a good idea given the fact that this Bronco lacks a proper top that seals the cabin off from the elements.
The overall vibe of this beautiful classic Bronco is decidedly intact, and yet, it’s also thoroughly modern and likely very pleasant to drive compared to what it was originally. And that’s what we like to call progress.