The History of the Ford Bronco

The new Ford Bronco 2021 is here. The sixth-generation Bronco has been upgraded, powered, and positioned by Ford, exceeding the expectations of many. But while it is available, triggering joy and excitement, how many of us know the history of the car? What was the original Bronco of 1965 like? What engine did it use, and what were the original Bronco tire covers like? That so many people still use and collect today?
1965 – 1977 – The First Generation
Ford Bronco of 1965 was a youth-friendly and fun off-roader. It caught the attention of almost all automobile enthusiasts. The length of its wheelbase was as small as that of a modern Mini Cooper Hardtop. Its flat services kept it protected from the
rocks and were cost-efficient at manufacturing. Originally, the Bronco had three different body styles:
  • Wagon – It had a removable hardtop and was a two-door vehicle.
  • Roadster – It had inserts instead of doors (like the CJ-5) and came roofless.
  • Half-Cab or Sports Utility Pickup – It had a mini pickup bed instead of a two-person rear bench seat.
It was powered by a 105-hp 2.8 liter I-6. It had a four-wheel drive and a three-speed manual transmission. In 1966, the engine got replaced by a 4.7-liter V-8 that produced 200 hp. The first generation Broncos saw the production of 225,585 vehicles. The now-vintage bronco tire covers are still popular as they are elegant and stylish, reflecting their class and arrogance of being the first of their kind.
1978 – 1986 – The Second and the Third Generations
Ford had plans of introducing a four-door Bronco that the Arab oil embargo inhibited, and the automaker ended up making an upsized two-door Bronco. The base engine was a 5.8-liter V-8, and an option of a 6.6-liter V-8 was also there. It had a four-speed manual transmission along with an optional four-speed auto transmission which also came with a full four-wheel-drive system.
The third-generation Bronco had an independent front suspension system which was not common back then. It was lighter in the body than the 2nd generation vehicles both the off-road and on-road driving experiences were enhanced. It used a 4.9-liter unit with 115 hp, while in 1982, it got upgraded to a 150 hp, 5.8-liter V-8. Ford upgraded the engine further around 1985 to a 5.8-liter V-8 with 210 hp and an electric fuel-injected 190 hp, 4.9-liter V-8.
1987 – 1996 – The Fourth and the Fifth Generations
The eighth-generation Ford F-150’s nose is inspired by the fourth-generation Bronco as both are pretty similar. The fourth generation of Bronco did not receive many upgrades. It had an updated cabin and was powered by a 4.9-liter I-6. An electric shift four-wheel-drive system was added to the car. The most major change that the fifth generation of Bronco saw was in its size as they were huge.
1984 – 1990 – Bronco II
Bronco II was a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) were manufactured alongside the conventional Bronco’s third and fourth generations. It was small in size, almost the same as the first-generation Broncos. It was equipped with a German-built carbureted 2.8-liter Cologne V-6 that produced 115 hp. In 1986 Ford upgraded the engine to a 2.9-liter Cologne V-6 fuel-injected engine with 140 hp.
The 2021 model is exceptional and made sure to uphold Bronco’s name. Other than the functionality and style of the SUV. Bronco, our tire covers were also given much attention as they were and still are really high quality. We recommend buying premium Bronco tire covers from us if you do not want to find your spare tire non-functional during an emergency. Buy a tire cover for protection. We offer stylish spare tire covers in unique designs.



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