1977 Ford Bronco – End of an Era


1977 was the last year of what has become known as the “early Bronco”. The Ford Bronco was originally designed as a compact off road vehicle capable of competing with Jeep. The compact design and small wheel base made it a versatile vehicle but impractical for towing or hauling around the family. So in 1978 the Bronco became jumbo sized until the introduction of the Bronco ii in 1984 which was compact.

The Jeep was introduced first but the early Bronco really marked the beginning of the SUV. This makes the 1977 Ford Bronco the end of an era. The golden age of SUVs if you will. Before the suburban monsters of modern times ruined the intended purpose of the SUV. That purpose was to explore off the beaten path, not to cart your kids and the neighbors kids to band practice.

1977 Ford Bronco
1977 Ford Bronco

I found this 1977 Ford Bronco for sale on ebay. It’s been fantastically restored and is a great example of what these vehicles looked like brand new. Even today they have a unique and eye catching appearance. Just imagine what people thought when they first came out in 1966.

So what would a 77 Bronco this lovingly restored cost you nowadays? Try ten grand, maybe 20 grand, and possibly even more. These are collectors items and early Broncos in great condition are hard to come by. You might get lucky and find one cheaper but it’s going to take some research or one of those, “pristine classic found in barn” stories that you read about but will never actually experience.

1977 Bronco Rock Crawler
1977 Bronco Rock Crawler

This 1977 Ford Bronco for sale on Craigslist in Palm Springs is taking the original intention of the vehicle to the extreme. It’s been customized to the max for one purpose, rock crawling. You can it’s many battle scars in the photo. In fact, the owner noted that there wasn’t too many areas on this vehicle that haven’t been rubbed against a rock or boulder. He also mentioned that it was from leading or following Jeeps through some of the toughest trails in California and Arizona, so you know this rock crawling Bronco can hang with the legendary Jeep any day of the week.

1977 Ford Bronco Orange
1977 Ford Bronco Orange

Last we have this custom 77 Bronco from New York. It’s a great representation of how many people restore these classic vehicles, but they restore them to their own vision, not to the original specs. The one in the photo doesn’t even come with a top. However, it does come with a custom roll cage, 3 point harness seats, a 1995 Mustang engine, and super swamper tires. The owner said it was a nice beach truck. I agree, it’s just too bad he lives in New York where it’s too cold to drive down the beach with no top for most of the year.