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Is the Ford Bronco (mk4) a future classic?

ford-bronco-mk3-4The first-generation Ford Bronco was launched across the United States in 1966 in order to take on the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout, arguably the first modern SUV.  In its first decade on the market the Bronco was roughly the same size as the original Scout but it grew considerably when a replacement built using largely F-100 components was introduced in 1978.

Ford pushed the Bronco up a notch in response to the Chevrolet Blazer and, later, the International Scout II.  The second-gen Bronco only stayed in production for two model years but it convinced the Blue Oval that bigger was indeed better.  The third-gen model arrived in time for the 1980 model year and the fourth-model discussed here was produced from 1986 to 1991.

Like many of its predecessors, the mk4 Bronco boasted a front end sourced from Ford’s F-Series pickup, a short wheelbase and a removable hard top.  It was only offered as a two-door from the factory but an aftermarket company called Centurion built a four-door model that was designed to fight head-to-head against the Chevrolet Suburban.

Over the course of its production run the fourth-gen Bronco was available with either a 4.9-liter straight-six or a pair of V8s with a displacement of 5.0- and 5.8-liters, respectively.  Buyers could choose between an automatic and a manual transmission and between two- and four-wheel drive.  Although it was undeniably bulky, the Bronco was fairly capable off-road so it catered to both professionals seeking a rugged work truck and outdoors aficionados looking to get off the beaten path.

A glance in the local classifieds reveals fourth-gen Broncos are worth very little (a running and driving example can be yours for as little as $1,000) and we’ve noticed that self-service junkyards are full of them.  Will the mk4 Bronco go up in value as it gets older or will prices remain low?

3 thoughts on “Is the Ford Bronco (mk4) a future classic?

  1. There is no doubt in my mind that ALL of the big Broncos will escalate in price. I had an ’85, and given a different set of circumstances, I’d still have it. ’80 to ’86 are my favorites with ’92 to ’96 coming in at a close second. I’m keeping an eye out for another one.

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