In today’s world, it is hard to imagine the streets without sport utility vehicles. SUVs have become so popular with Moms hauling kids, business owner’s using them as rolling offices, and of course what they were originally meant for, off road driving. One of the first sport utility vehicles to hit the market was the Ford Bronco. The Ford Bronco hit the automobile scene in 1966 and stayed in production for thirty-one years until the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1996. During it’s run as one of the more popular sport utility vehicles, it competed with the Chevrolet’s K5 Blazer, Dodge‘s Ramcharger, and Jeep’s Cherokee. It also gave birth to the immensely popular Bronco II which was a smaller version of the Bronco. Much is known about the Ford Bronco, but here are five things you may not know about the Ford Bronco.
- Every Ford Bronco made was a four wheel drive vehicle. There are two wheel drive varieties around, but they were altered using aftermarket parts made by companies other than Ford.
- Ford started redesigning the Bronco as a full-size vehicle, eventually basing it on the F-100 truck, in 1972. Because of concerns over the fuel crisis of the 1970′s though, the full-size Bronco would not make it’s debut until 1978.
- Beginning in the late 1980s and through the 1990s until it ended production, the Bronco which was normally only available in a two-door version became available in a four-door model. These four-door Broncos were conversions made by another Michigan automobile company called Centurion Vehicles and among the other options they offered was a built in TV and VCR.
- The famous white Bronco that O.J. Simpson was riding in while being pursued by the Los Angeles Police Department before his trial in the death of his ex-wife and her friend was a 1993 model.
- Donald Frey, the man who conceived of the Ford Bronco was also the main person behind the conception of the Ford Mustang.
The Ford Bronco was one of the early sport utility vehicles and it played a large role in revolutionizing the automobile industry. Even today, many people look back fondly on their memories of the Ford Bronco. With its unique blend of features common on both a car and a truck, it proved itself a versatile vehicle that could perform many duties. The Ford Bronco will be looked at for years as one of the greatest automobiles of all time.
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