Rare 2021 Ford Bronco First-Edition Sold For A Massive Amount And All The Proceeds Went To Charity

'Bronco 66' First-Edition Sells For Massive Amount Of Money, And All Of It Went To Charity

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  • A 1/1 Ford Bronco called the “Bronco 66” was sold last Thursday at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $500K.
  • The Bronco was designed specifically to raise funds for the Pope Francis Center in Detroit.
  • All of the proceeds were donated to the Pope Francis Center to help combat homelessness.

Last Thursday night at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, a 1/1 Ford Bronco First Edition sold for $500,000. Also called the “Bronco 66,” this specific 2021 Ford Bronco was created for the Pope Francis Center in Detroit.

Before the first edition Bronco went up for auction, it was announced all of the proceeds of the final sale would be donated directly to the Pope Francis Center to help fight against homelessness.

Rev. Tim McCabe, the Executive Director of Pope Francis Center, was there to witness the final sale. After minutes of the sale, Rev. McCabe was quoted by the Detroit Free Press as being in shock, saying the sale is “literally helping save lives.”

Inspiration Behind The Pope Francis First Edition

The brainstorming of this vehicle started over three years ago with Ford CEO Jim Farley and Rev. McCabe. Inspiration of the vehicle’s design came from the 1966 Ford Bronco as well as the historic 1979 U.S. visit of Pope John Paul II, where the Pope traveled with a customized open-air Bronco during the tour.

The 2021 Bronco was built off the $63,000 model and included thousands of dollars in additional custom features.

The most notable feature of the vehicle is its beautiful Wimbledon White color. A Rapid Red stripe is added to the center to match the body and hood striping. Add-ons include a rooftop lightbar, a MOLLE strap system mounted to the inner swing gate, and side pod lights.

Other slick design notes we love are the sleek contrasting black roof and the all-white steel wheels from Detroit Steel Wheels. The Bronco also has custom badges and a crisp white and red interior.

More Information About the Charity Sale

According to the same article from the Detroit Free Press, Rev. McCabe told auction attendees the funds would be used for “laundry services, showers, food, medical and dental care for unhoused people who need help now.”

The Detroit Business Journal also mentions the process will go toward the Pope Francis Center’s new Bridge Housing Campus, a facility that features “40 studio apartments, a cafeteria, gymnasium, library, classrooms, and a health clinic.”

Plans to open the campus are targeted to open in mid-2023.