It’s been less than 24 hours since the Ford Bronco revelation took place. Imagine our surprise, then, when we saw the photo above appear earlier today on the Facebook page of the famous tuner Ford Mustang Saleen. It’s the new Bronco, but the livery pays homage to an old and rather famous Bronco known as the Big Oly. And apparently you could possibly buy one.
Little is known about this new Saleen offer. The tuner’s website has a page dedicated to the Bronco, which lists a wide range of aesthetic changes that the Saleen version will undergo. Most body panels will be replaced with Saleen components, including the fenders and side panels. A new front bumper with integrated lights and skid plate will be included. Additional lights, a large rear spoiler and an external spare tire holder are also listed among Saleen’s improvements. Beyond that, the website indicates that many performance features will be connected, but no details are offered.
As for the wonky livery, it will be familiar to fans of the old school of the Baja. A Bronco themed Baja racing truck called Big Oly won the event consecutively in the 1970s in the hands of legendary driver Parnelli Jones. It’s not an easy feat, and as such, Big Oly’s the iconic livery has become famous in the all-terrain community.
Given that this project arrived so quickly after Bronco’s debut, we can only assume that this is something Saleen has been working on for some time. The tuning company has several projects under preparation, the most important of which is a new concept car called GT4, based on the company’s S1 road car. It debuted in October 2019, but with the S1 still not available for purchase, it’s unclear when the GT4 will be offered to buyers.
However, the company has grown in importance by adjusting Ford products, so it seems likely to see a modified Bronco sooner than later. There are good raw materials to work with, because the SUV is already reborn with impressive off-road characteristics directly from the factory. A pair of turbocharged engines is available, including Ford’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder and the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6. With 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, we believe the V6 is ripe for more power in the hands of Saleen.