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There’s no shame in owning a functional, economic commuter whip like the venerable Honda Civic… no shame that is, for the weekdays. Come the weekend, though, you’re in your favorite pair of well-worn jeans, a t-shirt, and ready to hop into said Civic for a weekend drive. Hmm, that doesn’t really work quite as well now, does it?

As a right of passage, every man should have to participate in the painstaking process of procuring and restoring a vehicle. Granted, not all of us are privy to the funds or time to do so, but there’s nothing wrong with the sentiment. Take this 1975 Rocky Roads Restored Ford Bronco, for example. There’s probably few men reading this looking at this Bronco and thinking they wouldn’t mind a few summer days behind the wheel of this rugged beauty.

The first generation Ford Bronco (1966-1977) was a vehicle of legends, a direct competitor to the Jeep CJ and International Scout, both fine 4×4’s themselves. They were all created in a day when the term SUV was not synonymous with offensively driving soccer mom’s and dismal fuel efficiency. You know, a day when they were called 4×4’s.

1975-ford-bronco-rocky-roads-rearRocky Roads Custom Vintage Broncos has restored this 1975 Bronco with a rebuilt 302 V8 engine (< 200 miles), Flowmaster exhaust, Optima battery, C-4 Transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, 4-wheel disc brakes, Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks, 3.5" suspension lift, 33" BFGoodrich Mud Terrain Tires, dual gas tanks, Warn winch, Dana 44 front axles, and an excruciatingly long list of other features and details.

Notably, Rocky Roads has also restored the Bronco's beautiful white finish interior, installed a massive sound system with iPod connection, secured it with a Viper alarm system, and put the entire vehicle through an $8000, two-stage, dark blue paint job. This is one undeniably gorgeous restoration.

There's nary another word to say save for conjured thoughts of loading up Van Morrison on the iPod and hitting the road... right now.

Cost: $37,500

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