Driven: the awesome Icon Bronco
Vintage looks with a modern heart. Prepare to expand your dream garage...
Posted: 01 Nov 2012
This, as you may have guessed, is no ordinary Ford Bronco. This is an Icon Bronco, remade under the watchful eye of a man called Jonathan Ward, whose idea of ‘restoration' sits somewhere past what most consider acceptable. Possibly in a galaxy far, far away from what most people consider acceptable. Ward's LA-based sister company TLC (Toyota Land Cruisers) reinvigorates the older models of Toyota 4x4, and was responsible for the rolling design studies that eventually became the Toyota FJ Cruiser, so he's got some top-level recognition for the quality of his vision. And, as a natural extension of his love for vintage workhorses, he turned his eye to some classic Americana in the shape of the CJ Jeep and this, the Ford Bronco.
Which means that what you see is most definitely not what you get. It may wear a VIN plate from 1972 inside its glovebox, but underneath the stock, yet eerily perfect, matt-painted bodywork, is an entirely new chassis. Bolted to that is a crate-fresh Ford 5.0-litre V8 from a contemporary Mustang GT punting out over 400bhp and just under 400lb ft of torque, and giving the old girl the kind of giddy-up that will put the frighteners on anything short of a fairly serious sports car for the noise if not the outright off-the-line pace.