Ford unveiled a very special one-off Bronco, which will be offered in an auction at Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Scottsdale event on Thursday, January 27. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Pope Francis Center in Detroit.
Officially called the 2021 Ford Bronco Pope Francis Center First Edition, the custom SUV is finished in Wimbledon White, a color that was available on the original 1966 Bronco. It also comes with body-color painted wheels from Detroit Steel Wheels that feature a custom Rapid Red stripe to match the striping on the body sides and hood corners.
Other parts, such as the face of the grille and the upper portion of the Ford Performance heavy-duty metal bumper, are painted in Iconic Silver for a “heritage-inspired look,” Ford says.
Additionally, the SUV gets a unique set of Bronco First Edition graphics in reflective Rapid Red and the Pope Francis Center’s name is written alongside First Edition on the hood and body sides.
It also comes with accessories from Ford Performance, including a rooftop lightbar, side pod lights, wheel-well rock lights from Rigid, and tube doors from Genuine Ford Accessories. It also gets an in-vehicle safe, MOLLE strap system mounted to the inner swing gate and a full vehicle cover and garage storage bags for the tube doors.
Inside, the instrument panel is also finished in Wimbledon White, while the vent accents, the grab handles, and the signature Bronco lettering are all painted red. The seating and door panel trim are finished matching white vinyl, while the black seat surrounds provide contrast.
The Pope Francis Center has vowed to fight chronic homelessness in Detroit and has served the city’s most vulnerable citizens for more than three decades. It is committed to ending homelessness in Detroit by 2030.
“It’s an honor to be able to help support a great charity like the Pope Francis Center,” said Steve Gilmore, chief designer, Ford Vehicle Personalization. “Father Timothy McCabe and the team at the center were really instrumental in this project, collaborating on theme ideas and colors. The key was finding those special touches that really speak to the heritage of the ’66 Bronco, and then combining them with some of the modern features on a Bronco First Edition.”
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