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1985 Ford Bronco XLT
This 1985 Ford Bronco is a rare find in Australia and presents a ripe opportunity for restoration or casual enjoyment. Under the bonnet sits a naturally-aspirated 5.8-litre V8 which outputs power to all four wheels. The transmission is a three-speed automatic. The odometer currently shows 51,982km.
The Ford Bronco was the company’s first off-road SUV and was born during the same era as the Ford Mustang. Ford intended the vehicle as its answer to the Jeep CJ-5 and Toyota Land Cruiser which were quickly gaining popularity as off-roaders for everyday people. The Bronco was produced in five generations for 40 years between 1965 and 1996 before the five-door SUV craze (and its better on-road manners) began to take-off. The downturn in two-door off-roaders – and the hardy popularity of the Jeep Wrangler – forced Ford’s hand to discontinue the product. However, the Bronco earned respect for its go-anywhere ability and simple mechanics. Third-generation Broncos like the one for sale featured an all-new chassis with more efficient powertrains and a lighter body. The Ford Bronco was manufactured in Australia and sold locally through the 1980s. Ford recently renewed the Bronco nameplate in 2020 with a sixth-generation.
Specification-wise, this Bronco is painted black with silver highlights and features a brown and black two-tone interior. The seller notes no major changes from this car’s original condition aside from a new head unit in place of the original. It currently rides on a set of 15-inch Rebel Racing wheels which come wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler tyres.
This Ford Bronco was built new in Australia in October 1985. It was purchased out of Perth in late 2021 and shipped to Sydney with its current owner. There is no obvious paperwork to document a service history, though some service invoices do detail recent works. This car was bought as a restoration project before the current owner’s circumstances changed. It sits in running condition now, with no noted mechanical faults.
On the outside this Bronco shows in great condition given its age. Black paintwork shows without obvious aberration or damage, while the chrome and silver detailing displays similarly unmarked. Some minor areas of surface rust are seen at points such as the tow bar. Other points of oxidation are seen once you open the bonnet and around the tailgate. There are no major marks of tarnish on the four wheels and spare, while the Goodyear tyres retain a deep level of tread.
Inside the cabin you’ll find this Bronco shows in remarkably untouched condition. The upholstery of the seats shows without fraying fabric and the shape has held well over the years. Some minor marks of scratch damage is seen around the boot, though trims of the dash and console still show well. Carpeting is a highlight and displays without staining or wear and tear.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in NSW until 27/10/23. The registration plates are not included in the sale. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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