Coyote V8-Powered '73 Ford Bronco Will Give You Wings

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One of the baddest classic Ford Broncos we have ever seen is going under the hammer next month, and it deserves a passionate owner to put it through its paces.
It is a 1973 model, so it's part of the first generation. The OEM firepower available for the original Broncos included straight-six and V8 units, and this one comes with an eight-cylinder engine. However, it's not the classic mill but a Coyote lump, which came straight from a modern-day Mustang.

We are likely looking at a Gen 3 motor, given that it pumps out 460 horsepower (467 ps/343 kW), according to the vendor. The ad doesn't mention the thrust, yet it is probably 420 pound-foot (570 Nm). That's what we think anyway, since these were the magic numbers of the S550 Ford Mustang GT in its domestic market between 2018 and 2021.

Albeit the icing on the cake, the V8 power unit, which comes with a ten-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, is not the only highlight of this amazing 1973 Ford Bronco. Not by far, as it also rocks a modified suspension and modern-day brakes with cross-drilled discs. It sits far off the ground and rides on BFGoodrich mud-terrain chunky rubber wrapped around the new wheels.

1973 Ford Bronco
Photo: Mecum
The exterior shade is called Red Bull Silver, hence the reference in the title. It was applied to all body panels, and the occasional black trim provides contrast to it. There is also a touch of red here and there on the calipers and shocks. Steel bumpers are also on deck, complete with an integrated light bar at the front, and this classic 4x4 also features a roll bar to keep the occupants safe should it want to show its belly all of a sudden.

As you can imagine, the cockpit is on the Spartan side of things. It mixes silver and black to tie it to the exterior. The vehicle has seating for four, albeit the back seats are cramped, and it also gets a central armrest for the driver and person riding shotgun, four cupholders, an audio system, aluminum pedals, classic gauges, four air vents, and that's about everything.

You may be wondering about two other things at this point: the mileage and how much it costs. And the truth is that we don't hold the answer to either. Nevertheless, it appears that work was only recently completed, and this classic and heavily modified Bronco restomod does not seem to have witnessed much action since then.

As for the Benjamins, Mecum hasn't provided an estimated selling price. The auction house advertises it for its Indy 2024 event in Indiana set for May 10-18, and we wouldn't be surprised to learn that it fetched a six-digit sum. How much would you fork out for it?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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