I don't see us making any room here for the 6G Bronco. It's not a snob thing... it's just not practical, imo.
We already know it's not going to be FULL SIZE and as mentioned, there's not a lot we'll have in common to share here with 24 yrs of tech advancement (or atrophy, depending on your pov) between us.
I've said this in the other thread(s)... I expect the values of all our rigs to go up, at least a little. The '78/'79's are already pretty comfortable in the classics market and we're seeing TV builds of these years left and right. Really a no brain'r there. The 3rd and 4th gens... I honestly have no idea. I think they'll go up a little... being Bronco's and a few folks preferring the look of one over another but I don't expect anything astounding to happen there. Where I put my money (literally) is in the 5th gens and I'll tell ya why...
you're shocked right? I know.
The 2020 6G Bronco hype is going to build up lots of expectations. It already is with 3 years to go yet and it's only going to pickup as we close in. By the time they're available... they'll move off the lots in droves. Then... the reality will set in.
No removable top, No bad-ass V8 engine, a mild OEM wheeler, at best... mall crawler, more than likely. A price tag that will have folks slapping their foreheads and realizing they could have bought and over-built an older one for less than 1/2 of the debt they just signed up for.
And that's when it will hit. Like yuppies and RUB's turning over new Harley's after they realize there's more to riding than posing at the coffee shop or the bar.
The 6G's will be cheaply available (for what they are and obviously by comparison to fresh/new), as folks try to wiggle out from under the let down and the heavy investment.
And what will they be looking for? The newest Bronco they can find and fix or restore to get what they thought they might get out of the 6G's.
They'll want as many creature comforts and current tech as they can find... after all, they just tried to buy a brand new one. They'll be looking for the toughness and capabilities of the OBS's as they try to get as close to "new" as they can. Very, very few will be able to turn to the 1st gen, classics with the crazy prices and absolute lack of creature comforts for the money... so that only leaves our FSB's as viable alternatives and the 5th gens as the "closest too".
Yep... hold on to your Bronco's and get 'em all fixed up quick. I'm probably wrong... but I think we're on the precipice of the FSB's going bat shit.
Great for the values... not so great for guys/gals needing parts for their beloved old FSB's.
For me... that's a real bummer. I've already seen it play out as a 3rd generation Harley guy.
Personally, I'd be much happier if Ford would have just left the badge alone.