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.
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.