West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this very desirable and collectible mostly all original and uncut and beautifully kept and recently restored as required 1971 Ford Bronco Sport 4WD wagon with the 302/205Hp 2 BBL V8 Ford 'G' Code engine matched to the original 3 speed manual transmission and two speed transfer case. This is one extremely rare early Bronco in so far as it is in very close to all original condition with a completely rust and accident free body with a solid and original undercarriage, and apart from only one repaint, it is in pretty much all original condition throughout with the exception, obviously, of any maintenance requirements over the years! It has a removable White hard top, bucket seats, factory 15" steel wheels & AM radio. The vehicle was originally sold with factory air conditioning, a very rare option for any early Bronco, but this was obviously removed during the restoration.
The vehicle was purchased by it's original owners at 'Johnnie Harper Motors' of Wheat Ridge, CO on 4/15/1971 with all original owners handbook, purchase order & keys still available as well as the records of any maintenance work required over recent years. The original purchase order shows the original factory options as follows:
Radio Sport Package Both tanks Skid plates Hand throttle 302 V8 Swing away spare carrier 850 ft springs 1280 rear springs Rear seat 5-G78X15 Standard BSW Trailer hitch Selectro hubs Undercoat Mark IV air
The original Bronco was an off-road vehicle intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ models and the International Harvester Scout. The 1966 Bronco was Ford's first compact SUV and had a frame, suspension and body that were not shared with any other vehicle. The axles and brakes were from the Ford F-100 four wheel drive pickup truck, the rear suspension was leaf springs and a shift-on the-fly Dana transfer case and locking hubs were standard with heavy-duty suspension as an option. Styling was designed for simplicity and economy, so all glass was flat, bumpers were straight C-sections, the frame was a simple box-section ladder, and the basic left and right door skins were identical except for mounting holes. Early Broncos were offered in wagon, pickup and a less popular roadster configuration. The Sport Package boasted a lot of chrome (called 'Bright' by Ford).
The base price of a Ford Bronco was US$2,194, with a long option list that included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, a tachometer, and a CB radio, as well as functional items such as a tow bar, an auxiliary gas tank, a power take-off, a snowplow, a winch, and a posthole digger. Aftermarket accessories included campers, overdrive units, and the usual array of wheels, tires, chassis, and engine parts for increased performance.
The only engine available in the first Bronco was the 102-hp 170-cu-in six cylinder, a dramatic upgrade over the Jeeps four-cylinder engine. (For the 1966 model year the CJ got an optional Dauntless 225 V-6.) In the Bronco brochure from 1966, the 200-hp 289-cu-in V-8 was promised for mid-March of 1967. The transmission was better, too. The Broncos three-speed manual was the first fully synchronized transmission in any 4X4 vehicle available in the United States. The Bronco also used a Dana 20 transfer case with a single T-bar shift lever with a positive lock knob, similar to the shifter on a Mustang, versus the Jeeps Dana 18 with twin sticks.
Mechanicals aside, the Bronco was well appointed inside compared to the CJ or the Scout. The package included rugged features like a fold-down windshield and vacuum operated wipers, but the Bronco also had doors with roll-up windows and a frame for the glass. The Bronco sported standard items like turn signals (an add-on for Jeeps), a padded dash, seat belts, and windshield washers. The Bronco Sports Utility pickup had a full square door opening with a half-cab roof, with a bench seat inside. The cargo area on the Sports Utility was separated by a metal bulkhead, providing a small bed separate from the passenger compartment. The Bronco Wagon had the same full doors, but with a roof that enclosed both cargo and passenger areas, a standard bench seat, optional bucket seats and an optional rear bench seat.
There were two notable changes for 1969, and the first was in the engine bay. Gone was the 289 V-8, and in its place came the 302 V-8, with a modest jump in horsepower (to 205 hp) but a significant jump in torque from 282 to 300 lb-ft. Broncos equipped with the 302 got a 302 V-8 emblem on the front fenders. The second major revision was the elimination of the Roadster body style. It was a slow seller from the get-go, and despite its cheap base price, many more Bronco customers opted for the full cab. A reinforced body structure helped to seal out both water and dust from the passenger cabin. The windshield wipers switched from vacuum operation to a two-speed electric motor after mid-1968 production. Unfortunately, the wiper motors location meant that the latches for the fold-down windscreen were now eliminated.
In '71 things got a bit beefier and the 1971 and above models are now usually considered the most desirable by enthusiasts. From 66 to 70, Ford used the a Dana 30 up front and a Ford 9-inch in the rear. Beginning in 71, you got a Dana 44 up front along with the 9-incher out back.
This is one very well maintained and beautifully presented mostly all original uncut 1971 Ford Bronco 4WD Sport Wagon with a the 302 V8 engine with the 3 speed manual transmission which shifts smoothly through the gears and the temperature always remains cool! You will look long and hard to find a finer looking or nicer driving example of this legendary 1971 Ford Bronco Sport Wagon!