Reliable information (you know, Autoblog's) suggests Ford will reintroduce a Bronco within the next two or three model years, and it will share a platform with Ford's planned midsize pickup, the revived Ranger. Although it will be called 'Bronco,' and reportedly have off-road capability, it won't duplicate the visceral appeal of the first-generation Bronco. One look at this 1977 example is all you need to know about the SUV in pre-Woodstock, pre-Watergate America.

First introduced as a 1966 model, the Bronco was intended as a refined interpretation of Jeep's CJ-5 and International's Harvester Scout, although the Scout also offered some of the creature comforts – like real doors – lacking on the Jeep. With a straight six under the hood, an abundant list of options and the relative ubiquity of Ford showrooms, the Bronco sold well in its first several years.

The 1977 model year was the last for the Bronco's first generation. Subsequent Broncos would be based on Ford's best-selling F-Series pickups, meaning a larger footprint and, following the televised O.J. Simpson chase, notoriety. For those with a penchant for off-roading, the first generation is the one to look for.

The 'for sale' example, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, benefits from flared fenders, a notable lift and woefully undersized tires. Those preferring original spec should look elsewhere, but at the asking price there would seem to be a considerable upside. Fly into Chicago, take a short shuttle to Valpo and (hopefully) drive it home!

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