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Craigslist: 1989 Ford Bronco Centurion

Kamil Kaluski July 27, 2012 For Sale

Before Ford came out with the Excursion and the Expediditon they did not have a vehicle to take on the mighty Chevy Suburban. While some Ford guys cried for a Texas Cadillac of their own, others made one themselves. A company called Centurion Vehicles used crew-cab Ford pickup trucks and added the Bronco cap and tailgate, which resulted in a direct competior to the Suburban.

Today we have one of those rare Bronco Centurions, which is considered an after-market conversion. Now you can find your inner O.J. and bring the whole family along for your slow highway drive. This brings us to Hooniverse Daily Fast Fun Fact – O.J.’s old house in Brentwood has been demolished in 1998.

[Source: Atlanta Craigslist | Damn that Leo guy, he always finds gold! I challenge anyone to send it more frequent higher quality localized CL ad than him!]

The ad for this Bronco does not say much about the vehicle itself. It’s a copy & paste from the wikipedia:

Rare Bronco(built on F-350). 460 v-8 with 104,000. 4WD. Seats 7.Runs good.Michael@404-788-XXXX. See Centurions @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Bronco

Bronco Centurion

From the late 1980s through its demise in 1996, the Bronco was also sold at Ford dealerships as a modified 4-door SUV (making it similar to the Excursion or Suburban). These 4-door Broncos were converted by Centurion Vehicles of White Pigeon, Michigan. The conversion involved combining a new crew cab short bed F-Series truck with a Bronco tailgate and fiberglass top. In addition to adding a third row of seats and more room, a Bronco Centurion could be ordered using an F-350 as the donor pickup, allowing the Centurion to have such engines as the 7.3 L (~445 cu in) PowerStroke turbodiesel and the 460 cu in (7.5 L) gasoline V8. Half ton chassis featured the 351 V8 (5.8 EFI) gas engine. This made the Centurion more appealing to people in need of a comfortable tow vehicle, albeit a faster one. Over time the few of these cars that still exist are rare and valuable, except for the certain percentage of Northern cars that suffered from tailgate rust-out due to poor body paint preparation.

The Bronco Centurion could be ordered with options such as a third-row seat that can be folded into a bed, second row bucket seats, a TV with a VCR, and a built-in radar detector.

Bronco Centurions are considered after market conversions. Ford introduced the Excursion as an official production model in 2000.

 

Ah yea, the huge old blue 460 CID V8, which means you get a beefy frame below. Big-o rear bumper too.

What’s up with those fender flares? No interior pics either. No mention of rust or other issues. I kind of want it, always been a fan of those generation of Broncos.

Asking price is $4900. Yey or Ney?

 

Currently there are "19 comments" on this Article:

  1. OA5599 says:

    There used to be an F-250 version of this in my father-in-law's neighborhood. It disappeard about two years ago, for about $2500, I think. I don't know the engine in that one, but it appeared to be in better shape than the Craigslist one.

    Centuion also did extended cab-crew cab three row trucks:
    <img src="http://www.louisianasportsman.com/classifieds/pics/p1343302312255424.jpg&quot; width=500>
    $4500 with 7.3L Powerstroke.
    http://www.louisianasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?…

    and cutaway van/trucks based on the E-350
    <img src="http://cimages2.carsforsale.com/311203/060D6B5F-2AA0-49EB-B166-15056C2C30C9_1.jpg"&gt;

  2. Stu_Rock says:

    Those flares irk me, but otherwise I like the Centurions. While often a target for those who decry excess, the Excursion is also an OK vehicle. Both are capable vehicles for people who needed enclosed 4×4 trucks with huge towing capacity. Personally, I'd rather have a Quigley van, but that's why I'm on Hooniverse instead of Autoblog.

  3. Plecostomus says:

    At 4900, that's not an awful price.

  4. aastrovan says:

    Easy to see why the miles are low,that 460 gets 9-mpg with a tailwind.

  5. MVEilenstein says:

    I love it. $3500 and we have a deal.

  6. MVEilenstein says:

    I love that F-250. These are my favorite F-Series trucks.

  7. P161911 says:

    Right around the corner from me if anyone is serious and wants me to take a look.

  8. GTXEliminator says:

    If anybody is interested in buying one check the roof first, that's where they are notorious for rusting first.

  9. Bus Plunge says:

    <img src=http://www.flickr.com/photos/14939950@N00/8709373418/in/photostream"> I loved this truck.

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