An all-original example comes at a price.
The debut of the reborn Ford Bronco and Escape-based Ford Bronco Sport represent a whole new off-road era for the Blue Oval. Sure, the Bronco Sport may not be considered hardcore enough for enthusiasts, but it'll more than capable to handle some weekend camping trips and other more modest off-road excursions. Hey, it certainly looks better than the rather dull-looking Escape. And in many ways, the Bronco Sport's most direct ancestor can be traced back to the Ford Bronco II.
The Bronco II, built from 1983 until 1990, was based off the Ranger pickup truck, as is the case with the new Bronco and the latest Ranger. The Bronco II was launched in order for Ford to compete with the original Jeep Cherokee and Chevy S-10 Blazer.
Like the Ranger at the time, the Bronco II wasn't exactly refined because it rode on a body-on-frame chassis. Only a three-door bodystyle was offered and came standard with 4WD.
Throughout its production cycle, the Bronco II was powered by the German-built Cologne V6, initially a 2.8-liter engine with just 115 horsepower. In 1986, a 2.9-liter fuel-injected V6 with 140 hp became the sole engine and RWD became standard. For that model year only, a Mitsubishi-sourced four-cylinder turbo-diesel was offered, but was quickly dropped because of slow sales. Bronco IIs initially came with either a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission though these too were later upgraded to four-speed and five-speed versions, respectively. It was meant to be rugged and was marketed that way.
In 1989, both the Ranger and Bronco II received some exterior and interior styling updates, such as a new hood and front fenders, and a redesigned dashboard. Ford knew the basic concept of the Bronco II worked just fine, but by 1990 it needed to be reworked to broaden its appeal. Instead of a second-generation Bronco II, the original Explorer and Explorer Sport were born.
Because the Bronco II lasted only a single generation, some off-road and brand enthusiasts consider it a cool collector's vehicle. And sometimes they think they're worth way too much. Case in point: this 1987 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer Edition for sale on Autotrader.
The seller and sole owner claims that it's all-original and has been garaged since new. The exterior paint appears to be in great overall condition and the interior upholstery looks good as well. Other noteworthy features include the original and aftermarket stereos, factory wheels, a class 2 hitch, spare tire, ski rack, and factory vinyl sunroof cover. Total mileage: 216,500 miles. The asking price: $22,850. A bit high, we know, but it could be an early indicator of the Bronco II's collectability. Despite this example's supposedly pristine condition, it's probably not worth the asking price, mainly due to its odometer. Then again, the arrival of the new Bronco family lineup could mean renewed interest in this 1980s-era SUV.