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Pick of the Day: 1985 Ford Bronco XLT

Powered by a fuel-injected 302cid Windsor V8


With the latest Ford Bronco making waves in the sport-utility marketplace, renewed interest is directed toward clean older examples. Engineering has come a long way in the last couple of decades: the new 2022 Bronco Raptor boasts a potent 400-horsepower 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, 37-inch tires, and a Fox-tuned adaptive suspension.

But for some people, the original Bronco is a machine that won’t be soon forgotten.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1985 Ford Bronco XLT 4×4 listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in West Creek, New Jersey. (Click the hyperlink to view the listing)

1985 ford bronco

“This is truly an awesome 1985 four-wheel drive Ford Bronco XLT,” the listing begins. “Bought in 1985 by family and has been here ever since.”

This is no 400-horsepower beast, but its fuel-injected 302cid Windsor V8 churned out 150 horsepower in its day which was respectable for the time. The odometer shows just 60,154 miles, and unlike most off-road vehicles from its era, this Bronco has survived in miraculously showroom shape all these decades later.

Since 1966, the Bronco name has been a household staple when it comes to discussing full-size American sport-utility vehicles. When the model evolved into its third-generation body style beginning in 1980, it was based upon the F-Series pickup with a characteristic “Bullnose” front end. Off-road chops were substantial and included a Dana 44 front axle, a leaf-sprung Ford 9-inch rear axle, auto-locking hubs, and a transfer case skid plate.

From the looks of things, this well-preserved Bronco hasn’t seen any Moab trails. The two-tone blue and white body appears straight and rust-free, and the blue cloth interior with captain’s chairs is equally impressive. Aside from a chrome front bumper guard and a set of 15-inch American Racing cast aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch BFGoodrich tires, this Bronco is about as original as they get. The seller states “Runs perfect. It has never been lifted or messed with.”

For the 25-years span between 1996 and 2021, the Bronco disappeared from Ford showrooms, but it’s back — and the new model is even being manufactured at the same assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan. Some people – including the seller – still prefer the old-school examples. “The real deal, not like these new ones that just came out!” the listing states.

Just don’t go challenging a new Bronco Raptor to a drag race.

The seller is asking $34,500 or best offer for this clean vintage Bronco.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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