Step out onto the street today and you will almost certainly see a mass of black, white, and grey colored vehicles. Most manufacturers have strayed away from the vibrant colors and wacky graphics packages that once adorned their vehicles. The 1970’s was the prime decade for fans of the color wheel, as is demonstrated by this awesome 1978 Ford Bronco Ranger. Yes, before the Ranger was a standalone nameplate on a pickup truck, it was a trim level on the Mullet Bronco.
Offered up for sale by the lovely folks at Bring A Trailer, this 1978 Ford Bronco Ranger is a testament to a bygone era. The truck was purchased by the seller and a business associate in 2019, before it underwent a bit of a refresh. The bodywork was stripped of glass and trim before getting a glorious respray in Midnight Blue Metallic PPG paint, which was finished off by the oh-so-seventies sunset graphics. The end result might just be the best Bronco paint job we’ve seen in awhile.
Under the hood of this 1978 Ford Bronco Ranger sits the standard 351 cubic-inch V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Power is routed through a two-speed transfer case complete with manual lockers on the front hubs. A set of doubled up Rancho Shocks and new brake lines should further help the off-roading SUV should you decide to take it off the pavement. Modifications also include a custom exhaust system and a A RetroSound Laguna stereo paired with Rockford Fosgate speakers.
Bidding for this well presented off-road SUV ends in four days, and has reached $33,333 at the time this article was written. We’re inclined to say that someone will pay handsomely to take home this psychedelic-era Ford Bronco, especially as excitement for the nameplate’s return continues to grow. Now we just have to find a way to convince Ford to bring back a graphics package that is half as cool as this sunset design.