The Sunday Drive…ICON 4×4 1968 Ford Bronco
With the blessing and assistance from Ford MoCo in the way of CAD files, archivals and tech support, ICONbegan the project to bring this stunning ICON 1968 Ford Bronco to life. It began with five extremely hard to come by uncut-fender late 1960′s Ford Broncos. ICON then garnered both emotional and financial support from a few people hungry to get their hands on these first versions. A modern custom chassis was then designed by the group at Art Morrison.
From that point, the development went full force and painstakingly so. ICON 4×4 went full on and worked on development of all new components for the suspension, steering, axles, and brakes. They dropped in a Ford 5.0 liter V8 found in the current Mustang GT, spewing out 412 horsepower and 390 lb feet of torque. Talk about choosing wisely. This power was coupled with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, which provides 25 mpg on average to the blocky beast, quite remarkable for a vehicle this size. Custom exterior bits include stainless steel grille, tailgate panel, door handles, side mirrors and exterior light guards. Going high-tech, ICON also installed a full battery of LED lighting, front and rear. But they didn’t stop on the outside. The interior is fully custom with revised, modern ergonomics such as new instrument dash panel, gauges, door panels and glovebox panel, sparing no detail to bring the cabin into the 21st century. The project’s overwhelming degree of detail cannot be overstated, utilizing specialists in each field, from chassis design to fine details such as the numbered, laser-cut plate, identifying the fact that you were one of the privileged few to get his hands on one. Since the first precious batch, ICON has made two more, special order, naturally. No word as to how many more will be made, if any, but it’s good to know that this kind of craftsmanship and detail still exists today.