The end result of a collabo between FoMoCo, SEMA Garage, and LGE-CTS

There are a couple of companies offering jaw-dropping restomodded vintage Broncos (not on the cheap, though) but nothing beats a Shelby GT500 powered 1968 Ford Bronco unicorn like the one that found a new home inside Jay Leno’s car collection.

Once owned by Craig Ferguson, this Bronco became a gift to Jay Leno

The story of this Bronco begins with a nice gesture Craig Ferguson pulled off during Jay Leno’s last day at The Tonight Show. In Jay Leno’s words, Ferguson had the Bronco towed into Leno’s parking space together with a letter that highlighted some of the car’s faults - we won’t reproduce the exact language, however.

The rest, as they say is history.

The Bronco you see, originally launched with 105 horsepower, turned out to pack 760 horsepower courtesy of a Shelby GT500 engine.

Keep in mind that you can’t buy this engine separately - you need to purchase the muscle car.

You Have to See This 1968 Ford Bronco With the Heart of the Shelby GT500 That Stopped by Jay Leno's Garage
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But since Leno is a good friend of Ford Icons Director Dave Pericak, the Bronco got the engine, along with all the mods needed to make it compatible with a manual gearbox. That’s because Jay wanted it to be still a 1968 Bronco, but with more power, better brakes, and better handling - in other words, a bit of a sleeper with all the good stuff in it.

Then there’s the roar of the V-8 as you pound the gas pedal, something that’s best enjoyed in the video and not described in words. Oh, and do watch the whole thing, will you? It would be a shame to ignore a car with such an interesting story - and newfound soul.

You Have to See This 1968 Ford Bronco With the Heart of the Shelby GT500 That Stopped by Jay Leno's Garage
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Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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