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Living the Life of Riley - a 1977 Ford Bronco Ranger

Some collectible cars and trucks lead charmed lives. They have been driven, pampered, and renewed over the years by the people who have been and who currently are their caretaker. Such is the case with a very solid 1977 Ford Bronco Ranger, owned for the last 16 years by Mr. Dave Kunz of Glendale, California.

The GOAT Ford Bronco 1966-1996

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The 1969 Ford Bronco in the lead photo is affectionately named "Big Oly" for obvious reasons. Drivers Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe won with Big Oly in the 1971 Baja 1000, the 1972 Baja 1000, the 1973 Baja 500, and the 1973 Mint 400. The Bronco was built to Parnelli Jones' specs of being stronger, lighter, and faster. With its chrome moly tubed space frame and fiberglass and aluminum bodywork, Big Oly has a dry weight of 2,620 pounds. The go fast part is achieved with a 351 CI Ford Windsor V8 that makes 390 horses on high-octane racing fuel. Giddy up!