Broncos can be a pretty rare sight these days, more so if itís a true 1966 Ford Bronco Roadster and not the ones clones from Bronco wagons (VIN U15) and Bronco half cabs (VIN U14). With some TLC, even a scratched up and dented '66 Bronco Roadster will be worth a pretty penny.
Ken Belyea is one such owner, who saw a totally scratched up and dented 1966 Ford Bronco as an opportunity almost two decades ago and snatched it up for $4,700. USA Today
caught up with the man at a car meet in Huntington Beach, California to talk about this rarity.
Denoted by a leading U13 code on their vehicle identification number, the Bronco Roadster is recognizable by its lack of hard top, windows and doors, and itís windshield that could be lowered. In production for three years, only 5,000 were made between 1966 and 1968, making it a very rare specimen.
With a model so old, most used Bronco Roadster restoration projects will need more than a bit of elbow grease. Belyea had to redo everything including the bumper, paint, upholstery, and he replaced a few parts when they became available. Though he made no mention of the engine, it does look to be the carís original 170-CID straight six. Assuming that the engine is from factory, we can probably guess that the Roaster still uses the same 3-speed manual gearbox and Dana 20 transfer case as well, sending power to both front and rear axle.
With and estimated worth of around $30,000 to $40,000, perhaps Ford will see some merit in bringing back the Bronco Roadster alongside the enclosed variant.