If you haven't noticed lately, vintage 4x4s are heating up the collector market and the first-generation Ford Bronco is leading the way. Conceived as a competitor for elemental off-roaders such as Jeep and International-Harvester's Scout, the Bronco's dimensions were somewhat in between them. Its 92-inch wheelbase and 151.5-inch overall length were considerably longer than the Jeep CJ-5's 83-inch wheelbase and 139-inch length, but shy of the Scout's 100-inch wheelbase and 155-inch length.
Much like the groundbreaking Mustang, the original 1966 Bronco (introduced in August 1965) represented a brave new world for the Blue Oval, as Ford had never developed a dedicated 4x4 sport-utility vehicle. The frame, chassis and body would be created from scratch, although engineers logically adapted the front and rear axles from the company's four-wheel-drive F-Series pickups and used them with a Bronco-specific Dana 20 transfer case.
Its 105-hp, 170-cubic-inch straight-six engine was a "pick-up," too
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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