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The First Generation Ford Bronco (1966-1977)

Friday, April 17th 2015. | Reviews

Considering all the Bronco rumors lately, which sadly don’t have much truth to them at this point. I though it’d be interesting to take a look back at the original Bronco, let’s see where it all started.

1977 Ford Bronco Front Three Quarter

1977 Ford Bronco Front Three Quarter

The first generation Ford Bronco was introduced in 1966 to take on the small Sports utility vehicles that hit the marketplace during that period most notably Chrysler’s Jeep. The Ford Bronco initially came with a 2.8 Liter Straight 6 Engine when it first hit the road in 1966. With the advent of more powerful SUVs such as the Chevrolet Blazer in 1969, Ford started to offer higher capacity enginesl. The optional V8 Engine came in a 4.7 liter capacity and managed to generate a maximum power of 205hp. In 1973, Ford upgraded the base engine to a 3.3 Liter Straight six Engine from the original 2.8 Liter Engine.

1966 Ford Bronco Advertisement with pop-up campter

1966 Ford Bronco Advertisement with pop-up campter

The power steering and automatic transmission features which came as options in 1966 continued to remain as optional even in 1973. The styling was very simple when compared to SUVs of that period such as Chevrolet Blazer. The glass panels came in simple flat designs while the bumpers came in the form of straight C-Sections. When it was first introduced Bronco came in three models in the form of Half cab, Wagon and Roadster. Later on the Roadster model was dropped.

1966 Ford Bronco Half Cab

1966 Ford Bronco Half Cab

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