1992 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer
America's most notorious 4x4 is also becoming a great collectable. This 1992 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer edition is officially eligible for the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) and remains the pinnacle of full-sized Bronco fun. Very nicely preserved, this is the one to own if you've always admired the big Bronc. Ford and Eddie Bauer did gangbuster business in the late '80s and early '90s with their upscale off-road machines, and none wore the two-tone paint better than the full-sized Bronco. While most were green, this lovely blue-over-tan Bronco is downright gorgeous to look at and it's hard to believe that these went out of production more than two decades ago. I mean, this one is in great condition! The chrome bumper looks bright, the grille and aero headlights are sharp, and the tan roof adds just the right contrast to work with the lower rocker moldings and pinstripe. Someone has thoughtfully added a wind deflector on the nose, but other than that it remains quite stock. The interior is another very pleasant surprise, offering comfortable leather buckets and lots of space for five. Eddie Bauer insisted on upscale appointments in the top-of-the-line models, and the leather chosen here is tasteful and durable, showing minimal wear over the past 25 or so years (the lower cushions have new covers and foam). New carpets with monogrammed floor mats give it a plush feel, and as the most expensive of the Ford SUVs, this Bronco sports just about every feature in the book: power windows and locks, A/C, cruise control, and power lumbar support in the front seats. A wide center console offers plenty of storage as well as a handy place to put your coffee and the dash is one of the more car-like features of this big truck. A full array of big, legible gauges are in front of the driver, with the climate controls and modern AM/FM/CD stereo waaaaay over there in the center of the dash. The nicely appointed back seat wears a fresh seat cover and the cargo bay (with durable liner) is positively massive, especially with the spare tire now living outside on a swing-away rack and the power rear window was just rebuilt. Ford's erstwhile 351 cubic inch V8 is a great choice to move all this sheetmetal, providing plenty of low-end torque that never feels strained. Despite a vast aftermarket, this one remains quite stock, from the long intake hoses from the remote air filter to the intake that was specifically designed to bolster the torque curve. The engine bay is as clean as the rest of the truck, and if it's ever seen anything rougher than a gravel driveway, I'd be surprised. With a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and a 2-speed transfer case, this truck is equally happy at highway speeds or crawling at barely a walking pace and the suspension is built for moderate off-roading that would strand one of today's "cute utes." Even the exhaust system is quite stock, offering a smooth hum instead of V8 horsepower, but that's the point of the Eddie Bauer model. New shocks, a set power steering pump, and a fresh starter ensure that it's ready to drive. Handsome factory aluminum wheels are bright and shiny, wearing Michelin LTX radials which are pretty pricey all by themselves. If you grew up in the early '90s, you know this is a cool truck, and you just won't find more luxurious go-anywhere transportation for less cash than this. Call today!