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'Big Oly' Inspired Saleen Bronco in the Works

Published on Sun, Jul 19, 2020

By: Collin Morgan

The Southern California speed wizards at Saleen have announced plans for a modified Bronco sporting a livery inspired by the legendary Big Oly.

The reveal of the new Ford Bronco this past week has sent the automotive world into a flurry. The off-road SUV has received positive feedback thanks to its iconic styling and mud-hungry stature. However, I have heard a few concerns about the power that the engine options produce, ranging from 181 horsepower to 310, depending on the engine.

While those numbers are plenty for any enthusiastic off-roader, there will be folks who need more. Not to worry, Saleen is here.

Saleen Bronco
Saleen Bronco

The Saleen speedsmiths have put together some mystical vehicles in their time, including one of the most successful racing cars ever, the S7. Apart from being a regular at the winner’s circle, I think the S7 is one of the best-looking American supercars ever produced. So, it’s fair to say, they know a thing or two.  

The Mexican 1000 (now named the Baja 1000) is a grueling race across endless swaths of dirt and dust. In 1971, a modified Bronco named Big Oly driven by Parnelli Jones entered the endurance race and earned victory. Impressively, Big Oly repeated the feat in 1972 as well, winning the Mexican 1000 two years in a row.

The livery on this new Saleen Bronco pays homage to the iconic look of Big Oly with the two-tone paint job and horseshoe-ringed number 1. In addition to that, Saleen promises the usual performance that fans of the brand have come to expect. The Saleen Bronco pledges to have enough capability and off-road prowess to make any trail warrior whip out their wallet.

We’ll keep you updated as Saleen releases more information about their Bronco.

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