Ford Bronco History

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The Ford Bronco is a great vehicle for Conway-area drivers that are looking for adventure, and the new 2021 Ford Bronco comes roaring back with stellar features and towing capabilities. But how did early Ford Bronco models evolve into their current interaction with a load of cutting-edge advancements for a smoother and efficient ride? Learn more about the Ford Bronco history with the experts at Beach Ford and then shop for this one-of-a-kind Ford SUV at our dealership! 

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The Classic Ford Bronco: First Generation (1965–1977)

The classic Ford Bronco set the stage for this stellar model’s incredible reputation as one of the most iconic SUVs on the market. Here’s a peek into the early Ford Bronco history and how it was developed:

  • The original classic Ford Bronco was developed as a passenger-friendly off-road vehicle with a completely unique chassis
  • Today, with its 92-inch wheelbase, it would fall into the compact SUV class. All models were initially sold with four-wheel drive as standard.
  • The original Ford Bronco engine was a 105-hp inline-6, derived from the engine in the Ford Falcon.
  • The classic Ford Bronco wasn’t flashy or dressed up, but it stood out precisely for that reason! Customers were eager for a no-nonsense vehicle that could really stand up to the test of the great outdoors, and this model had genuine utilitarian appeal.

Other Early Ford Bronco Models

After the introduction of the classic Ford Bronco archetype, this Ford SUV went through several generations of upgrades and enhancements to stay ahead of the curve when it came to engineering, technology, safety, and so much more. Take a look at some of the major changes made to the Ford Bronco through the past few decades:

Second Generation (1978-1980)

As Ford got to work on its second generation Bronco, it made a number of significant changes, such as:

  • Retiring of the original Bronco chassis, and its replacement with a chassis adapted directly from the Ford F-Series.
  • A wheelbase extension of 12 inches, bucking the trend toward downsizing which dominated the American automotive industry at the time.
  • Eschewing the multiple body configurations offered on the first generation, the second-generation Bronco was offered only as a three door wagon.

Third Generation (1980-1986)

The third-generation Bronco was smaller and lighter than its predecessor and already in development. It would retain its full-size classification, and it continued to be based on a chassis adapted from the F-Series.

Ford Bronco II (1983-1990)

After the third-generation Ford Bronco, the Bronco II was the start of a new and unique line that was more similar to the original Ford Bronco and developed alongside the 1983 Ford Ranger. These models shared the same engines and the Bronco II was then replaced by the Ford Explorer.

Fourth Generation (1987-1991)

The fourth-generation Ford Bronco features the same chassis as the third generation, but  was designed with many interior and exterior updates. This generation also featured the luxury  Silver Anniversary Edition which came with leather seating.

Fifth Generation (1992-1996)

The fifth generation is the most recent with more modern interior and safety features, as well as the loss of the removable hard-top. 

Explore the New 2021 Ford Bronco 

The sixth-generation of the Ford Bronco features many elements from the original model for a timeless look on Conway roads with a classic body-on-frame construction, independent suspension, detachable roof and side doors, and a 2.3Lturbocharged EcoBoost® inline-four engine. There’s also a Ford Bronco Sport compact four-door variant which makes for the perfect ride for trail and off-roading excursions.

Find a New Ford Bronco for Sale at Beach Ford

Now that you’ve had the chance to learn about classic Ford Bronco models you might still see along Murrells Inlet roads, get behind the wheel of this model’s latest configuration. Find a new Ford Bronco for sale at Beach Ford and save on your next purchase when you take advantage of our new vehicle specials and regional offers and incentives. Speak with our sales team who can answer your questions or contact us to schedule a test drive at our Myrtle Beach dealership!


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