BaT Turn Away: 1966 Ford Bronco – SOLD AT $16,000!

September 2, 2021 Update – While two bidders at the end of this auction pushed up the high bid to $11,000, that was not enough to meet the seller’s reserve price of $20,000.  However, after several negotiations, the second-highest bidder and the seller came to an agreement of $16,000.  So, we’re proud to call this Bring A Trailer Turn-Away “SOLD!”

The Guys With Rides team is proud to auction the driver quality rides Bring A Trailer turns away. Our latest is this driver-quality 1966 Bronco Pickup (“Half Cab” among the diehard Bronco enthusiasts).

Bidding Commenced on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, and continues for fourteen consecutive days ending on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 6:45 PM Eastern Time.

This 1966 Ford Bronco Pickup, family-owned for the past thirty years, is currently mechanically sound and is licensed and driven in Eckert, Colorado, approximately one hour southeast of Grand Junction, Colorado.

To inspect all of the pictures provided, click on the photograph below to enlarge it and then click on the gray “<” and “>” icons to navigate through all of the other stills in this carousel:

Seeing a burgeoning market opportunity as the Jeep CJ-5 and International Scout enjoyed increasing sales in the early 1960s, Ford launched its original Bronco for the 1966 model year.  First-generation Broncos utilized a bespoke 92-inch wheelbase four-wheel-drive chassis built with box sectioned, body-on-frame construction.

To simplify production, all examples were sold with four-wheel drive; a shift-on-the-fly Dana 20 transfer case and locking hubs were standard. The rear axle was a Ford 9-inch axle, with Hotchkiss drive and leaf springs; the front axle was a Dana 30. In contrast to the Twin I-Beams of larger Ford trucks, the Bronco used radius arms to locate the coil-sprung front axle, along with a lateral track bar, allowing for a 34-foot turning circle, long wheel travel, and anti-dive geometry (useful for snowplowing). A heavier-duty suspension system was an option, along with air front springs.

At launch, Bronco was offered solely with a 170-cubic-inch inline-six. Derived from the Ford Falcon, the 105-hp engine was modified with solid valve lifters, a 6-US-quart oil pan, heavy-duty fuel pump, oil-bath air cleaner, and carburetor with a float bowl compensated against tilting.

To lower production costs, at its launch, the Bronco was offered solely with a three-speed, column shifted manual transmission and floor-mounted transfer case shifter (with a floor-mounted transmission shifter later becoming a popular modification).

Arnie is selling this driver-quality 1966 Ford Bronco Pickup on behalf of his father, who first purchased it in 1992.  While Arnie’s father initially used the Bronco as his daily driver, within a few years its primary focus was for hunting and family outings by the seller, his father, and his father-in-law ever since.

As the pictures provided thus far indicate, this is a driver quality Bronco that can either continue to be used as-is or can form the basis of a restoration. Arnie reports their 1966 Bronco pickup not only is mechanically sound, it remains licensed and used.

The front bumper-mounted winch is included as part of the sale as well. Also included as part of the sale are an extra set of original Bronco seats in need of reupholstery and an aftermarket four-speed transmission.

The completed, complimentary Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) recently completed on this Bronco provides an honest assessment of this driver-quality example.

To access the complete Pre-Purchase Inspection, click on the picture below:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1966 Ford Bronco, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

5 Comments
  1. David

    My grandfather use to tell me, if you’re going to do a job, do it right or don’t do it at all!
    They took the time to strip the vehicle, but they should’ve taken the body off to do the frame and the rest of the rust which a lot of it was painted over.
    This could have been a great vehicle and I hope the person that buys it finishes it off completely.

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    • Guys with Rides

      David, unfortunately, you’re looking at this Bronco from today’s hot market perspective rather than when the current family purchased it. This has been mainly a hunting vehicle since purchased in the early ’90s for next to nothing. If someone is interested in restoring it, this is truly one of the few opportunities you can bring it back to like new and still be in the black.

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  2. Ernest Valtri

    I don’t get it. Broncos are weird.

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  3. Anonymous

    I live in the area. Is is possible to come look at it in person?

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    • Guys with Rides

      If you have registered as a bidder and already have made a bid, we can reach out to the seller to confirm whether they are open to having you inspect the vehicle in person. Please feel free to reach out to Rudy directly via phone at (877) 468-6497 to discuss.

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