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Gateway’s born-again Ford Bronco boasts classic style, 2018 muscle car power

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The born-again Ford Bronco will be one of the stars of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Off-roaders who would rather hit the trail in the original model are in luck. An Illinois-based restorer named Gateway Bronco has received a license from Ford to offer a brand-new, first-generation Bronco built from the ground up. Putting one in your garage won’t come cheap, though.

The typical Gateway build starts with a first-generation Bronco (the model made between 1966 and 1977) in need of restoration. Founded by engineer Seth Burgett, the company brings the truck back to life by using modern painting and rust-proofing methods to ensure it can stand the test of time. It fits a re-manufactured body but keeps the original Ford VIN number and frame. Finally, it improves the suspension and chassis components, installs a more upmarket interior, and makes major mechanical upgrades.