To many people, a vehicle is an expression of style – much like a fashion statement. Over the years, many automakers have partnered with clothing brands to make the connection even more evident.
The Pick of the Day is a 1996 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Tacoma, Washington. (Click the link to view the listing)
Headquartered in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a clothing chain that first launched over 100 years ago in 1920. The company specializes in outdoor gear with an emphasis on active lifestyles, and in the early 1980s, Eddie Bauer began partnering with Ford to cross-promote its merchandise. This Bronco is one product of that unique relationship.
“Beautiful and well cared-for Ford Bronco 4WD,” the listing begins. “One owner only. $4k in work just done to keep this baby in tip-top shape.”
The fifth-generation Bronco launched in model year 1992 and shared exterior design attributes with the ninth-generation F-150 pickup. It had a full-sized three-door sport-utility vehicle body style with a swing-away spare tire on the tailgate and a removable hardtop (although, in later years of the generation, Ford discouraged buyers from removing the hardtop due to safety engineering constraints).
This teal green Bronco comes from the last model year that generation. As an upgraded Eddie Bauer edition, it is equipped with two-tone paint, embroidered leather seats, a keyless entry system, an overhead console, lighted sun visors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The seller states that power comes from a replacement 5.8-liter Windsor V8 that was reportedly installed in 2014. A checklist outlines the areas that received attention as part of recent service, which included: a tune-up, spark plug wires, a distributor cap, an oil change, a transmission service, and replacement of the fuel filter, transfer case seals, serpentine belt, valve cover gaskets, plenum gaskets, and thermostat. The chassis also received work to the brake rotors and bearings under current ownership.
Ford continued the Eddie Bauer branding all the way to 2010 with other models including the Explorer, Expedition, F-150, Excursion, Taurus X, and even the Aerostar minivan. With the new-generation Bronco hitting the roadways in recent years, well-preserved older models like this are appreciating in value.
The seller is asking $18,325 for this well-maintained Bronco, which makes a strong fashion statement for anyone who drives it.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.