Earlier this week, we told you about a local car dealer who sold a 1996 Ford Bronco to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his daughter. Well, now, we are learning the Bronco has a notable past, according to the former owner's wife. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the truck's legacy.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- The original 1996 white Bronco that now belongs to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was once the late Samuel Boice’s baby according to his wife, Asunta Boice.
“That was his hobby. That’s what kept him going. That was the love of his life besides me and my children. The truck was the love of his life. He really loved that truck,” said Asunta Boice.
Samuel Boice purchased the truck in the mid 90s for $38,000 and it wasn’t long before it was making headlines at car shows throughout Upstate New York. It even landed a feature spot on the cover on 4x4 Magazine. Needless to say, the car was a hit and it was due to Sam’s persistent upkeep that kept it in such pristine shape.
“I couldn’t get in the truck unless I took my shoes off and once we got to a car show, I couldn’t open the truck ‘cause it would leave fingerprints and then he had a little sign that said, ‘Please do not touch,’” said Boice.
But over the last 44 years, the disabled Vietnam War veteran was in and out of the hospital suffering from a host of illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure. He passed in April 2012 and although Asunta found it difficult, she felt it was time to part with what he cherished most.
“It’s like you can’t give up your dog, your pet, because they’re part of the family, the truck became part of the family and to see it out there without him anymore, I just couldn’t do it,” said Boice.
And so she sold it over to Sawyer Motors. She wouldn’t talk money and neither would the owner, but he did indicate that the governor got a good deal.
“My husband’s truck is in the governor’s mansion for his daughter. That’s phenomenal. Right now he’s smiling at me and saying, ‘Good job.’” said Boice.