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News 2021 Saleen Ford Bronco Inspired By Big Oly Rendering Shows A Lot...

2021 Saleen Ford Bronco Inspired By Big Oly Rendering Shows A Lot Of Promise

Saleen will base its custom Ford Bronco off the Big Oly

  • The Big Oly won the Baja 1000 in 1972 and 1973 with Parnelli Jones behind the wheel

  • The original Big Oly revolutionized off-road racing and is considered the king of racing vehicles off the beaten path

  • Saleen will develop a special model based off the new Ford Bronco that pays tribute to the original Big Oly


Saleen is still here and the American tuning specialist is turning its attention to the recently introduced 2021 Ford Bronco by bringing back a legend of its past, Big Oly.

To celebrate the return of the Bronco, Saleen will reimagine the famous Big Oly racing truck that won the Baja 1000 twice with Parnelli Jones at the helm in 1972 and 1973.

That truck was built from scratch, was rear-wheel drive, and had a tubular chassis and lightweight fiberglass body. It also had the body of a Bronco, or at least most of the Bronco.

Saleen’s rendering of the Big Oly shows the original’s distinctive livery, massive wheels, Olympia Beer logo from which the Big Oly name is derived, and KC floodlights. The aftermarket parts used to build the Big Oly will be available for sale down the road to Bronco owners.

Saleen Ford Bronco Big Oly Rendering
Saleen Ford Bronco Big Oly Rendering | Photo: Saleen

No word on the engine powering the Saleen Bronco, but we’re guessing it will be quite a bit more powerful than the 2.7-litre EcoBoost that makes 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in the 2021 Bronco.

Expect Saleen to make more announcements on its parts program for the new Bronco down the road.

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