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The history-making 1969 Ford Bronco named “Big Oly” that motorsports legend Parnelli Jones raced within the Baja 1000 will roll onto the public sale block this Could throughout Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, firm founder and president Dana Mecum introduced Thursday.

Jones was “probably the most various and profitable drivers in motorsports historical past,” Mecum stated. Inducted to the Motorsports Corridor of Fame in 1992, he’s greatest identified for profitable the Indianapolis 500 in 1963, and each the 1971 and 1972 Baja 1000 desert races in Huge Oly.

“His different most notable profession moments embrace being the primary Indianapolis 500 driver to qualify at over 150 mph in 1962 and profitable the race as a crew proprietor in 1970 and 1971 with driver Al Unser Sr,” Mecum stated.

Huge Oly’s historical past began when Jones turned down fellow racer Invoice Stroppe’s provide to run with him at a Baja 1000 occasion in Mexico.

Not proud of the rejection, Stroppe instructed pals that “Jones wasn’t man sufficient for off-roading.” Stroppe’s remark was simply the correct quantity of provocation to get Jones on board and racing within the 1968 Baja 1000 with a largely inventory Bronco.

Not surprisingly, the unaltered Bronco didn’t lower it, so Jones sought out to construct probably the most particular Bronco of all to dominate future Baja 1000s – the Huge Oly.

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

With Stroppe’s mechanic Dirk Russel, Jones constructed a sooner and stronger light-weight Bronco with a tube body and physique made from fiberglass and aluminum. They powered the customized Bronco with a 351/390 horsepower Ford Windsor V8 engine mated to a modified Ford C6 B&M full-race transmission.

Different options embrace a chrome-moly house body, excessive shock absorbers and suspension journey, a giant customized wing and a spool rear finish for higher traction.

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced ‘Huge Oly’ Ford Bronco | Photographs by Mecum Auctions

The customized Bronco was accomplished in time for Jones and Stroppe, sponsored by Olympia Brewing Firm (which resulted within the identify Huge Oly), to run within the 1970 Baja 1000. Huge Oly sadly broke an axle and was compelled out, however the Bronco redeemed itself by profitable each the 1971 and 1972 Baja 1000 occasions.

‘The Baja 1000 is thought to be probably the most prestigious, and most grueling, off-road races on the planet,” Mecum stated. “Huge Oly additionally went on to dominate the Baja 500 Mint 400 in 1973, cementing its legacy as the only most-significant Bronco-inspired car ever constructed, and the one possible most accountable for the mannequin line’s final business gross sales success.”

, Parnelli Jones’ Baja-raced “Huge Oly” Ford Bronco on the market, Docuneedsph

Jones and Stroppe profitable the 1973 Mint 400 with Huge Oly | Photograph from Mecum Auctions

Huge Oly’s providing at Mecum “will likely be one other historic second for the profitable Bronco because it crosses the block from Jones’ non-public assortment, together with a handful of different spectacular autos – together with a Components One Race Automotive – and a collection of cherished memorabilia from Jones’s private workplace.

“All the Parnelli Jones Assortment will be a part of roughly 2,000 different autos and a big assemblage of Highway Artwork choices for the annual public sale,” Mecum stated.

To study extra about this 1969 Ford Bronco ‘Big Oly’ and the opposite choices from Jones’ private collection that’ll cross Mecum’s public sale block this Could, go to Mecum’s website.

This text, written by Racheal Colbert, was initially published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial accomplice of Motor Authority.



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