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Launched for release as a 1966 model, the new Bronco was Ford Motor Company’s first dedicated 4X4 sport-utility vehicle, aimed squarely at the growing market segment occupied by the tough, off-road-capable Jeep and International Harvester’s Scout. Donald N. Frey inspired the Bronco concept, while Paul G. Axelrad was responsible for the structural design of the vehicle’s chassis. The Bronco’s body, frame, and suspension designs were unique, while the brakes and axles, including the 9-inch rear axle, were borrowed from the Ford F-100 truck line and the all-important transfer case was a Dana-sourced unit. Through 1971, a tough Dana 30 front axle was utilized. Underpinnings comprised a coil-spring front suspension and leaf springs at the rear. The Bronco’s excellent design and short wheelbase provided a tight 35-foot turning radius.
The Bronco featured a purposeful and instantly recognizable square body design with flat glass, no-frills bumpers, and a short wheelbase. Initial body styles included a wagon, pickup-style half-cab, and a Spartan Jeep-style roadster. Interior accommodations included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, and tachometer. Available items included an auxiliary gas tank, snowplow, winch, tow bar, post-hole digger, and specific tires and wheels. Standard power was provided by Ford’s 105-horsepower, 170 cubic-inch ‘six’ at the Bronco’s launch. While the engine was borrowed from the compact Falcon, it was equipped with a heavy-duty fuel pump and the carburetor was equipped with a special float to ensure proper fuel delivery on steep grades. Ford’s excellent 289 V-8 became optionally available later during 1966. A three-speed column-shift manual transmission was the sole gearbox available and automatic transmissions would not be offered until 1973.
First-generation Bronco production continued through the 1977 model year and today, these icons continue to enjoy strong demand for their purity of design, good looks, and incredible versatility. This highly collectible and enjoyable final-year Bronco from 1977 has covered only an approximate 1,060 miles since it was redone. Featuring a 4-inch lift kit, it is powered by a 302 cubic-inch V-8 engine matched to an automatic transmission. Painted custom Candy Red, this Bronco is virtually immaculate and ready to enjoy.