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The Boss Bronco

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by admin

The first Bronco, the prototype for the 1969 Boss Bronco went to Shelby to use on his Christmas Mountains Land and Cattle Company ranch at Terlingua, Texas, near Big Bend National Park and just north of the Mexican border.

But before the Bronco got to Texas, it was delivered first to the Shelby American workshop in Los Angeles, where it underwent an engine transplant — likely boosting it to 200 hp and 282 pound-feet of torque, or perhaps more, knowing Shelby — and was repainted red and white.

From LA the Bronco went to Texas and was used on the ranch until 1978, when it was sold — without its wheels and tires — for $100 to the local Ford dealer, Vincent “Vinnie” Yakubanski. The Bronco served as the Yukabanski family’s daily driver, and made frequent trips back and forth to Wyoming, often with hot dogs wrapped in tin foil and cooking on the V8’s intake manifold along the way.

The Boss Bronco was a project by Ford prototype builder Kar-Kraft, designer Larry Shinoda and off-road racer Bill Stroppe. Their hope was that Ford president Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen would approve the souped-up Bronco for production, especially since they named for prototype for him, the Ford Division “boss.”

The Boss Bronco was built with a blueprinted 351 Windsor V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission, 4.11:1 front and rear limited-slip differentials, Stroppe’s own Baja-racing style suspension and power steering, Stroppe padded roll bar, Stroppe rear fender flares,

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