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From the Classic Ford Bronco to Today

DGDG 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
The new Ford Bronco is already making waves with drivers in the Los Gatos area. This unrelenting adventure vehicle delivers big on performance, amenities, and style. It’s hard not to turn heads when traversing Santa Clara in a stunning Ford Bronco.

Whether you adored the classic Ford Bronco or you’re interested in the new model, our Ford Bronco history guide will teach you all you need to know about this rugged beast. Below, we’ll start by taking a closer look at the early Ford Bronco, and work our way up to the current jaw-dropping iteration rolling out on Morgan Hill streets.

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

When you conjure up images of classic American automobiles, the early Ford Bronco is one of the first models to come to mind. Explore some Ford Bronco history to go with that dreamy image below:

  • Ford Bronco history starts with the early Ford bronco being developed as an off-road-capable passenger vehicle with a unique chassis.
  • Today’s Bronco is considered a mid-size SUV, thanks to its 100.4-inch wheelbase.
  • The first Ford Bronco sported a 105-hp inline-6 engine, inspired by the past engine of the Ford Falcon
  • The very first Bronco was a no-nonsense model that had an unmistakable charm. This vehicle could stand the test of time and the elements.

Other Early Ford Bronco Models

Each iteration of the classic Ford Bronco brought something fresh and exciting to the table. Learn more about the legacy of the Ford Bronco here:

Second Generation (1978-1980)

The second generation of the Ford Bronco emerged as a full-size SUV. The new chassis was adapted from the Ford F-series, the wheelbase was extended by 12 inches, and the body style merged into a three-door wagon.

Third Generation (1980-1986)

The third-generation Ford Bronco was a forward-thinking model. Despite offering a smaller and lighter body, this SUV was still able to retain a full-size classification and an F-Series chassis.

Ford Bronco II (1983-1990)

Within just a few years of the release of the third Ford Bronco, the Bronco II was unveiled. This unique compact SUV line was similar to the original Ford Bronco, and was developed in conjunction with the 1983 Ford Ranger.

Fourth Generation (1987-1991)

This generation of Bronco retained the same chassis as the third, but received a wide range of interior and exterior updates. This model is particularly notable in Ford Bronco history as it included the Silver Anniversary Edition, the first to sport leather seating.

Fifth Generation (1992-1996)

The fifth-generation Bronco saw mild updates that built upon the successes of previous models. Additional safety features and exterior upgrades were added to this generation of Bronco.

The 2021 Ford Bronco: Built for Today and Tomorrow

The revival of the Ford Bronco line is here with a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost® inline-four engine. This mid-size SUV sports a classic body-on-frame construction, independent suspension, and a detachable roof. You can even remove the side doors to create an open-air driving experience.

What’s more, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has been announced as a variant of the larger model. This compact four-door SUV offers added agility and plenty of grit for taking the road less traveled.

The 2021 Ford Bronco is Headed to Capitol Ford

If you’ve always admired the grit and moxie of the Ford Bronco, now you have the chance to own your very own model. Keep an eye on our new Ford inventory to find the exact Ford Bronco SUV that matches your wishlist. If you have any questions about the Ford Bronco past or present, give us a call today!

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