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From Model Ts to Mustangs, Rancheros
to Rangers, Ford vehicles are some of
the most recognizable around the world.
However, when it comes to sport utility
vehicles, perhaps none is more iconic than
the Ford Bronco. An American automotive
icon, the Bronco was first produced in
1965 and lasted until Ford discontinued
the line in 1996 (even though the company
is bringing it back again for 2021).
Village
of
Lynnhaven
resident
Jim
Davison has long been a fan of the Bronco,
and he finally got to see his dream become
reality earlier this year.
" Years ago, when I was a kid, I always
wanted a Bronco, " he said. " There was a
gas station in the town I grew up in that had
a (first-generation) Bronco. It had a light
blue paint job and a picture of a Bronco
painted on the door, and the name of it was
'Little Pusher' - it was a snowplow. All
that Bronco was ever used for was
plowing snow. There was something
about that Bronco that
stuck in my brain my entire
life, and every time I would
look at them, I wanted one. "
That desire to own a
Bronco would stick with him
throughout his life, but he still
never dreamed of owning one
for himself until one night
earlier this year.
" My wife knew how
much I wanted one, and
it was this year she said,
'I had a dream that we
bought a Bronco - maybe
you should look into it, " Davison said.
" Right away, I looked on my phone
and saw Mecum Auctions was down in
Kissimmee, and so we went down to see
what they've got. "
There was a particular Bronco they
were looking at first that was the same
color, and Davison says that even though
the pictures posted online looked great, in
person, the Bronco was another story.
That Bronco had some significant rust
issues to the undercarriage, along with a
few other problems, and Davison said he
just could not bring himself to spend a good
amount of money on something he knew
would cause headaches, even though it was
something he really wanted.
Davison and his wife spent more time
browsing the auction and looking at other
cars, and they happened to notice another
Bronco that was not listed online, but fit the
exact bill of what they were looking for. They
also found a Ford Torino they were interested
in, and Davison said they were faced with a
choice. After talking about it, they decided on
the Bronco, even though they were almost
certain it would end up being more expensive.
Auction day was a few days away, so they
returned later to bid on the Bronco.
" It was exciting, " he said. " Just being at
the auction was on my bucket list, but to
actually bid on a vehicle? I never thought I'd
ever do anything like that. "
The Bronco ended up selling for much
less than they budgeted for, and while they
originally planned on staying at the auction
to continue watching bids on other cars, the
anticipation was too much - they made it
through a couple more cars before leaving to
go pick up the Bronco.
Restored in 2006, the Bronco still was
in great condition and Davison says there
was not a lot of work for him to do. He made
some changes in the engine compartment to
make it look less like an " unkempt mess, " he
said, laughing.
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