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Launched for release as a 1966 model, the Bronco was Ford Motor Company’s first dedicated 4X4 sport-utility vehicle, aimed at the growing market already populated by the ‘CJ’ Jeep and International Harvester Scout. Donald N. Frey inspired the Bronco concept, while Paul G. Axelrad oversaw chassis design. 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-shifted manual transmission was the sole gearbox and automatic transmissions would not be offered until 1973.
First-generation Bronco production continued through model year 1977 and today, these icons continue to enjoy strong demand for their purity of design, good looks, and incredible versatility. This 1974 Ford Bronco sports a Marlin Blue finish complemented by a white top, two-tone Interior panels, and Parchment seats. It clearly benefits from a frame-off restoration with everything redone not one old part remaining on the truck. Everything has been either power-coated or replaced with a new part; you won’t even find an old bolt! Powered by a new 302 V-8 engine producing 340 hp, the Bronco’s features include an automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering, A/C, headers feeding an awesome-sounding high-end exhaust system, new custom wiring, and a custom roll cage. The restoration was freshly completed in May 2016 and very low miles have been traveled since then. A truly exceptional first-generation Bronco, it is both highly collectible and enjoyable.