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SarahD

(1,732 posts)
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 01:15 AM Feb 2024

Ridiculous bespoke Bronco.

I drove one of the old style Broncos while my uncle was out of the country. It was OK but not so wonderful I would spend $200k or more for a replica. I am thinking this is akin to the Hummer, a male oriented symbol of masculinity valued more for its high price than anything else. "Hey! Look at me! I can spend a quarter mil on an odd looking novelty item."
https://www.gatewaybronco.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1NOS1pG5hAMVwButBh1JxwAeEAEYASAAEgLsEvD_BwE

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Historic NY

(37,600 posts)
1. Yikes you could buy a new one from Ford for less..
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 01:32 AM
Feb 2024

they really never road well with a short wheelbase. But people have to have toys. Abet overpriced.

stopdiggin

(11,861 posts)
2. +1. not a superior vehicle - by really any sort of category or measure
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 02:20 AM
Feb 2024

I mean - fine if you had fun and enjoyed yours. Many people have fondnesses and attachment to good memories ...

But by no means any kind of 'status' or performance points here. Then or now.

Old Crank

(3,993 posts)
4. Short wheelbase
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 04:44 AM
Feb 2024

Is better for off road, generally, but isn't so good on the road. Evidently they were okay performers off road.
I had a 67 Landcruiser. Good off road. Not so comfortable on roads unless glass smooth. Short wheelbase, narrow track, high cg, harsh springs. Power stearing by armstrong and a ships wheel. The good was the slow stearing ration meant it was hard to react quickly and put it on its side.

These things are just ridiculous.

flvegan

(64,474 posts)
3. It looks like a good number of these are restomods.
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 02:32 AM
Feb 2024

For those that want the old look and original body but want real power, suspension, brakes, reliability and safety, as well as modern tech. a/k/a expensive toys.

Best_man23

(4,953 posts)
7. Actually, this is a from the frame-up new vehicle
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:19 AM
Feb 2024

The body is a OE licensed reproduction steel body. The frame and other components can be purchased new.

There is also an EV option for this reproduction Bronco. If I was wealthy enough to spend $500K on a car, I would buy the EV model Bronco if for no other reason but to see a few MAGAts blow their lids.

flvegan

(64,474 posts)
8. I assumed that a number of them were restomods. From their FAQs:
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:31 AM
Feb 2024

Q: Where does Gateway Bronco get their Ford Broncos from?
A: Our Broncos are mainly from high desert regions in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.



Q: Can I sell you my old Ford Bronco to Gateway?
A: Yes. Reach out to Seth if you’re looking to sell an early model Bronco outright or trade it in for a new Gateway Bronco build.

bluedigger

(17,115 posts)
5. Checks a lot of boxes for me.
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 08:10 AM
Feb 2024

Recycling old vehicles to modern standards with American labor and (mostly) American parts. As long as we tolerate income inequality in this country, we might as well produce products for the wealthy, and I like these better than European supercars.

Bristlecone

(10,246 posts)
6. There are tons of companies that do something similar
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 08:30 AM
Feb 2024

Mustangs, LR Defenders, etc.

It’s interesting, but it’s also for folks w money to burn, of which there are plenty.

KS Toronado

(18,238 posts)
9. Way to expensive for my bank account
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 10:27 AM
Feb 2024

LUXE-GT Edition™ $400,000 As Shown: $662,626
I'll just have to enjoy my 1978 Bronco with every factory option.

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