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1970 FORD BRONCO HAS FORMULA ONE PROVENANCE

Owned and Upgraded by 2009 World Champ Jenson Button

For some reason, Brits always have a certain affinity for brash American things, be it the cars or the sex, or the drugs, or the rock and roll. Perhaps it’s a fair trade. Thanks for Pink Floyd, after all. At any rate, this 1970 Ford Bronco 4×4 is just the latest example of trans-Atlantic Americana. It’s currently owned by a British man you may have heard of, 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button. Button’s Bronco has undergone a raft of discerning upgrades over the past three years and is now for sale.

Under the hood sits a highly desirable naturally aspirated, 302 cubic inch V8 as fitted from the factory. However, the small-block Ford has seen its carburetor replaced with a drop-on EFI system from FiTech, along with an upgraded MSD ignition system, aftermarket exhaust headers, and a push-button start system. The engine is hooked to the Bronco’s original 3-speed automatic transmission.

Other mechanical upgrades to Button’s Bronco include a Borgeson power steering rack, a suspension lift kit, and Bilstein shock absorbers, while the front brakes were upgraded to Wilwood front discs and calipers. Button’s Bronco now rides on satin black 17-inch Method alloy wheels, wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, and sports a half cage with a lightweight roof frame and a creme-colored bimini soft top.

The exterior has been resprayed in a crisp Dark Blue hue and has riveted gloss black wheel arch extensions, as well as side protection runners that double as step bars. The stock chrome bumpers have been replaced with black anodized steel units, while there are red accents around the front grille, towing hooks, and the Ford badge. A pair of KC foglights complete the front-end aesthetic.

Moving inside, Button’s Bronco has a new cream leather interior with period-correct seats, the two-bar factory steering wheel has been replaced with a chrome and wood aftermarket unit, along with a new steering column. In fact, almost everything in the dash looks to have been replaced with modern components, including an aftermarket Kenwood touchscreen audio head unit.

If you’re interested in Button’s Bronco it’s available through Collecting Cars. There are currently 46 bids on the truck, with the current high mark sitting at $90,500. Bidding is open until Thursday.

Written by Michael Accardi

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