Bronco owner wanted his classic SUV to look like the famous Ford Mustang.
When a customer came to Zero to 60 Designs president Kenny Pfitzer with a 1975 Ford Bronco, he has an unusual request.
“He said his favorite car of all time was the 1969 Shelby Cobra GT 500,” Pfitzer said in a statement. “I’ve never seen a modern take on ‘Eleanor’ reincarnated as a Ford Bronco, so I immediately become interested in taking on this unique challenge.”
The result, called “Eleanor’s Big Brother,” melds visual cues from the car made famous in Gone in 60 Seconds with a long list of mechanical upgrades to ensure the restored Bronco can handle tough off-roading challenges.
Zero to 60 Designs worked with Yukon Gear & Axle to upgrade the Bronco’s driveline, installing new locking hubs, driveshafts, a custom 9-inch rear end, and a 30-foot kinetic recovery rope. Skyjacker Suspensions provided a lift kit, while Line-X Body Armor covered the Bronco’s entire bodywork in a scratch-resistant durable spray that is color-matched to the original 1969 GT 500. Visual upgrades, including new tubular doors, a new hood, and various other aluminum trim pieces, come from Wildhorses 4x4.
While the final product still resembles a Ford Bronco above all, it does pay homage to the classic “Eleanor” Mustang, with two black stripes, the aforementioned color-matching process, and large round LED headlights. Other enhancements to the 1975 donor vehicle include converting the engine from carburetors to fuel injection, a new sound system, digital instruments, 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires on new wheels, RaceQuip five-point harnesses for every passenger, and even a 25-quart cooler for keeping beverages cool.
“Even though the vehicle was 41 years old, we wanted to bring a modern flavor to the Bronco, but also wanted to make sure it was still raw, aggressve, and purpose-built for the off-road,” Pftizer said.
Zero to 60 Designs previously showed off its GTT, a custom car designed to pay homage to the Ford GT, at the 2016 SEMA show.
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Zero to 60 Designs 1975 Ford Bronco
Zero to 60 Designs, recently making national headlines with its 2017 Zero to 60 GTT at the 2016 SEMA Show, is taking the automotive industry by surprise yet again. Originally launched at SEMA, Zero to 60 has now spent two months transforming its 1975 Ford Bronco into the ultimate off-road adventure vehicle with unbreakable style. The beastly machine, dubbed ‘Eleanor’s Big Brother,’ was built for the rock-crawling, dirt pounding, off-road enthusiast. With massive upgrades and fabrication from Zero to 60’s renowned team, this very well may be one of the most sophisticated Ford Bronco’s ever built – featuring a retro throwback exterior design, yet packed with a host of performance and technological upgrades like no other Bronco.
Zero to 60 Designs served as both visionary and engineer for this 1975 Ford Bronco. Because most of the parts were outdated, patience, immense design talent and a methodical approach were crucial in the enhancement of the vehicle. Most of the products listed below were either installed or fabricated by Zero to 60 Designs. Beginning with a complete new roll bar system to protect all occupants, Kenny Pfitzer’s team (President of Zero to 60 and former build master at West Coat Customs and Chip Foose designs) also designed and fabricated both the front and rear bumpers, developed custom seats and provided all the technical direction for the vehicle exterior – coated in LINE-X’s unbreakable and color matched Body Armour product.
“In meeting with the owner of the Bronco, he said his favorite car of all-time was the 1969 Shelby Cobra GT 500. In my 20 years of vehicle builds and development, I’ve never seen a modern take on “Eleanor” reincarnated as a Ford Bronco, so I immediately became interested in taking on this unique challenge,” said Kenny Pfitzer, president of Zero to 60 Designs. “Even though the vehicle was 41 years old, we wanted to bring a modern flavor to the Bronco, but also wanted to make sure that it was still raw, aggressive and purpose-built for the off-road.”
The 1975 Bronco was designed and engineered by Kenny Pfitzer at his Zero to 60 Designs headquarters in Corona, Calif. Like all Zero to 60 vehicle builds, the design of the Bronco needed to exude the toughness of a hardcore off-road vehicle, but with the classic look associated with old Broncos. To accomplish a build of this magnitude, Zero to 60 looked to key partners to ensure the Bronco featured the bleeding-edge technology and was ready to take on the most extreme off-road demands. Three primary partners stepped up to ensure the Bronco would have what it takes to survive off-road.