The Ford Bronco is an iconic SUV known for being the first sport-utility vehicle developed by the Ford Motor Company. This 1960s SUV initially competed with preexisting cars, including the Jeep CJ and International Harvester Scout. Its small size morphed into a full-size SUV and dominated the market until Ford removed it from production in 1996 due to competition. From the well-known baby blue Ford Broncos to the F-Series pickup Bronco, this vehicle remains one of the most classic American cars to hit the market. Recently, Ford brought back its icon with the launch of the re-imagined 2021 Bronco.
Ford Bronco Model Years
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Ford Bronco History
The Ford Bronco has a lengthy history. Ford launched the Branco in 1966, shortly after introducing the Ford Mustang. The first generation of the Branco includes solid front axles and a boxy but compact exterior. It stayed on the market for 12 years before being replaced by the second generation. The vehicle came with two doors and a bench seat in the back. All early models exclusively had a manual-transmissions and a standard inline-six engine. It also came with the option to upgrade to a V-8 engine.
The second generation of the Branco lasted from 1978-1979. This model added two feet longer, five inches taller, and ten inches wider to the body’s exterior. The second generation was a full-time four-wheel-drive vehicle that resembled a truck’s body with its removable fiberglass hardtop. It also came with a V-8 engine instead of a V-6.
In 1980, Ford introduced the third generation Branco, which includes a shorter and more narrow body making it lighter and aerodynamic. A blue emblem also replaced the “FORD” letters stamped across the vehicle’s hood. Six years after its launch, Ford decided to make a junior Bronco, accommodating the growing compact SUV market. The Bronco II grew in popularity; however, most SUVs on the market offered four doors, ultimately resulting in its retirement in 1996 after five generations.
Ford Bronco in Pop Culture
Ford Broncos remain a popular collectors vehicle among car enthusiasts. Besides being present in hundreds of TV shows and movies, it also gained attention due to its racing ability and notoriety during the O.J. Simpson Police Chase. Former NFL players Al Cowling and O.J. Simpson drove a white 1993 Ford Branco in a two-hour police chase after Simpson was charged with two counts of murder. Although Ford discontinued the Branco shortly after the hunt, Simpson’s agent kept the SUV and tried to sell it to Pawn Stars in 2017. Bronco also made appearances in well-known movies such as Terminator 2, Ocean’s 11 and Rampage with Dwayne Johnson.
The Future of the Ford Bronco
Ford launched its sixth generation of the Bronco in the summer of 2020. The 2021 Bronco comes in two editions: the original and the sport. Unlike the older generations, both of these vehicles come with four doors or a two-door option. The original Bronco has a seven-speed manual transmission, whereas the sport has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Branco will most likely go on sale in the spring of 2021, and Ford is accepting $100 deposits.
2021 Ford Bronco
When Ford announced the return of the Ford Bronco car enthusiasts around the world turned their attention to the project. The 2021 Ford Bronco is the first Ford Bronco to hit the market since Ford discontinued the model back in 1996. This high tech new SUV is loaded with awesome features while still hitting on the key design elements that made the Bronco such a popular vehicle.
Visit the 2021 Ford Bronco page to learn more about everything that this awesome vehicle brings to the table.
Ford Bronco For Sale in Illinois
The Ford Bronco has a rich history as one of the most iconic American-made cars. If you want to own your very own Ford Bronco come visit D’Orazio Ford. We have the best selection of Ford Bronco SUVs in Illinois and will work hard to ensure that you not only find the Bronco of your dreams, but also find it at a great price. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you get the best deal on a new Ford Bronco in Illinois give us a call or fill out the online contact form below. We look forward to helping you find the Bronco you’ve always wanted.