Ford Restomods Jay Leno’s Classic 1968 Bronco With Shelby GT500 Predator V8 (New Pics + Video)

LGE-CTS Motorsports released a full image gallery of Jay Leno’s 1968 Bronco, showing more details of the project both inside and out while SEMA also published a video from the reveal event. [Updated: 6/11/2019]

Ford Performance in collaboration with SEMA Garage has fully restored Jay Leno’s 1968 Bronco wagon, creating at the same time one of the most understated SUVs of this year’s aftermarket show.

You see, despite the classic look, Jay Leno’s Bronco is now powered by the same engine found in the 2020 Mustang GT500; the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8, which produces 760 HP and 625 lb-ft of torque.

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Ford Performance brought noted Bronco licensee Kincer Chassis to help with the project; Kincer built the chassis and installed the monstrous powertrain. The Predator V8 is mated to a TR-4050 five-speed Tremec transmission; Other features include an Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case, Borla mufflers, Wilwood brakes and Fox factory race-series coilover shocks and steering stabilizer.

The heavy-duty 4WD system also uses Eaton Detroit Truetrac differentials, Carolina Driveline driveshafts, Dutchman Motorsports axle shafts and a Tuff Stuff power steering pump.

The bodywork remained as stock-looking as possible, judging by the limited amount of images Ford released; LGE-CTS Motorsports added new sheet metal and performed the necessary body modifications. They’ve also painted the body this “Tonight Blue” color which looks pretty great with the white 18-inch steelies from Detroit Steel Wheels and the white hard top.

As for the interior, the seats, upper dash and side panels were dressed in Eagle Ottawa genuine leather, there’s a powerful Sony audio system and digital gauges from Dakota.

We’re not so sure that a classic Bronco is the right vehicle to throw in a 760 HP supercharged V8 but we really dig the whole undercover theme going on.

 

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  • Arct1c

    Honestly, if Ford just brought back this same design with some of the new technology and a similar interior but a bit more modern, I think it would sell like crazy. Car brands want their cars to look too futuristic nowadays. They don’t realize how great some of these old designs still are. They can still turn heads decades later. Just a little bit of updates are fine to keep them current, but no need for drastic changes (i.e. Chevy Blazer smh).

    • ErnieB

      I have a feeling that the new bronco will be the equivalent of what dodge did with the challenger.. it’ll have a retro modern look that will be cool and timeless.

      • charlotteharry57

        Probably but larger. And priced in the stratosphere (well, 50’s).

        • ErnieB

          Nah.. I think it’ll start in the mid 30’s for the base EcoBoost..At least that’s what I wish it starts.

  • charlotteharry57

    I sure hope the suspension mods help handling A LOT. Or this’ll be the end of Jay.

    • DAVID PERICAK BUILT THIS AN WAS A PART OF THE FORD GT TEAM SO HE PROBABLY MADE SURE IT’S SAFE.

  • sidewaysspin

    It makes no sense to place such powerful engines on old cr-p with no structural integrity much less road stability.

    • ErnieB

      I just pictured this truck’s body detaching and the chassis and engine speeding past it while Jay is let stranded looking dumbfounded..

  • TRB0T0Y

    Let’s hope Jay doesn’t let an unskilled buddy spin it into the weeds, lest he be sued for … Negligence? Excessive Bad-a$$ness? That Kevin Hart crash reminds me of this creation.
    Note to knuckleheads – don’t crash your buddy’s car and then sue because you crashed it!

    • I DOUBT JAY LENDS OUT HIS CARS.

      • TRB0T0Y

        HE IS A SUPER KOOL KAT – PROBABLY LENDS OUT EVERYTHING BUT THE BLESSED F1! 🤗

        • I KNOW HE’S LET SOME PEOPLE DRIVE HIS CARS BUT NOT OFTEN AND HE DOESN’T JUST LOAN THEM OUT. EVEN WHEN DOUG REVIEWED THE F1 JAY DIDN’T LET HIM DRIVE IT. I HAVEN’T HEARD THE HOMELESS GUY TALE, I’LL HAVE TO LOOK IT UP.

  • Mr. EP9

    Slick.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nice work. Love the color.

  • Nastinupe1911

    So this is how he will die.

  • aaronbbrown

    OK this is really what I want to hit the dunes with, but first it needs some real seats with a full harness to keep you from flying around inside the cabin 🙂

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