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

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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
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 full bio
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