1974 Ford Bronco – Original and Hot Wheels

1974 saw a decline in Bronco sales.  Larger vehicles like the Blazer and Jeep Cherokee were more practical for daily drivers and pulled more consumers as a result.  Nevertheless the body style of the 1974 Ford Bronco remained mostly unchained until 1977.

That’s good news for enthusiasts and collectors.  Multiple years of this iconic design means that many more chances to own a piece of history.  Whether you are looking for on that has been meticulously restored or one that has been chopped for adventure, they are out there, awaiting your purchase.

1974 Bronco Restored
1974 Bronco Restored

I recently stumbled upon this 1974 Ford Bronco for sale in Fulton, Mississippi.  It looks fantastic and has been lovingly restored to it’s original look.  Restorations like this one are expensive and time consuming.  The owner listed it for $13,000 but typically the cost of restoration is more than that.  If you are the handy type and love to get dirty than a beat up Bronco will be easy and cheap for you to find.  If you are like me and want to immediately drive in retro style then a 1974 Bronco like this would be a perfect option.

74 Ford Bronco
74 Ford Bronco

This 74 Ford Bronco that sold recently in Shreveport, Louisiana reminds me of Hot Wheels toys I had as a kid.  The paint job is fantastic and I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be reminded of those wonderful toys.  The open top and 38″ Super Swamper tires only add to the fun.  I wish I could tell you what it sold for because I would like to know myself.

1974 Ford Bronco
1974 Ford Bronco

I guess you could always buy a 1974 Ford Bronco like this and paint it like Hot Wheels but there is nothing wrong with the utilitarian paint job that it currently has.  It makes it look like you actually plan to use it for some off-road adventure.  And it’s geared up for adventure.

The 302 engine has been rebuilt and only has 500 miles on it since the rebuild.  The tires are 35″ Good Year’s and and the suspension has a 5 inch lift.  There is an 8000 pound winch and other goodies as well.

The most interesting thing about this Bronco is that it has been converted to propane.  The owner says it runs great and that propane only costs around $2.85 per gallon which we all know is much better than the $4 per gallon we are paying now.  The 44 gallon tank will get you about 450 miles which is a little over 10 miles per gallon.  You really can’t expect much more than that on a Bronco this old.