No, that’s not a typo in the headline. The very first new-generation Ford Bronco has just been sold for a whopping $1 075 000 (more than R16-million) at auction in the United States.
The special Bronco went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in Arizona, with the full proceeds of the sale going to charity (split between the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound). The buyer’s name has not been disclosed.
The Bronco in question bears VIN 001, and is described as a “fully loaded” First Edition two-door model finished in Lightning Blue exterior paint and featuring Navy Pier leather-trimmed seats (with heating functions up front).
As a reminder, the First Edition series includes all the mechanical components of the Badlands version, along with the posher interior of the Outer Banks model and the blacked-out exterior of the Wildtrak. It furthermore features the so-called Sasquatch package, complete with factory 35-inch tyres.
Power comes from the Blue Oval brand’s turbocharged 2,7-litre V6 EcoBoost engine, which delivers 231 kW and 542 N.m to all four corners via a ten-speed automatic transmission.
In total, nine vehicles were sold to benefit charity, headlined by the very first GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 (likewise bearing VIN 001), which raised $2,5-million (nearly R37,6-million) for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.