History of Ford Bronco
History of Ford Bronco
In August 1965, the Jeep CJ-5s and International Scout 800s were dominating the market. Ford had to do something if it wanted to compete. This prompted them to release the 1966 Ford Bronco.
The 1966 Bronco was advertised as an all-purpose vehicle, making it a hit among early adopters as the Bronco filled their desire for a civilized, smooth ride and a more powerful alternative to the CJ-5s of the time. The Bronco was indeed a hit, and the manufacturer sold more than 35,000 of them in the first two years.
Ford released the second generation of the Bronco in 1978. They intended to launch the second generation in 1974. However, the fuel crisis at the time made Ford believe that the Bronco wouldn’t sell well since it was a thirsty SUV.
The second generation of the Bronco was much larger than the first generation. In fact, the SUV was a shortened F-100 with a hardtop that was removable. The Broncos of 1978 and 1979 came with V8s, meaning they were more powerful. However, the tradeoff was that these machines were expensive to run. Ford added a rear window that lowered into the door with this generation. This became one of the Bronco’s best features.
In 1980, Ford made the Bronco smaller and lighter than the second-generation Bronco. While it was tinier, it was still a full-size SUV. Ford also began offering a six-cylinder option with this generation of the Bronco. Furthermore, the third-generation Bronco used an F-150 as a base instead of the F-100.
In 1987, the fourth generation Bronco was released. It gained the aero style that was popular at the time and was upgraded with electronic fuel injection. It also equipped several safety features.
Then, in 1992, Ford released the fifth generation of the Bronco, which became infamous after O.J. It received plenty of innovative safety features of the time and was designed with a removable top in mind. However, the removable top wasn’t legal due to seatbelts and brake lights. The demise of the Bronco was a result of people purchasing two-door, two-row sport utility vehicles and four-door SUVs, which forced Ford to produce the Expedition. However, the Bronco isn’t dead. Ford has confirmed that the Bronco will return as a four-door mid-sized SUV.