The History of the Ford Bronco: From O.J. Simpson to the Modern Era - CarsTopia
March 1, 2024
The History of the Ford Bronco: From O.J. Simpson to the Modern Era
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The Ford Bronco is an iconic car. It’s a part of American history that people have been driving since the 1960s, and it even has its own connection to one of the most famous murders in recent memory. Despite all this, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not the oldest vehicle on the road today—or even among its competitors. Here’s everything you need to know about what makes this off-roader so special:

Origin of the Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco was first introduced in 1966 as a two-door truck. It was designed to be a workhorse, rugged and durable enough for farmers, ranchers and other outdoor types. The Bronco was based on the F-series pickup truck platform–the same one used in its bigger brother (the Ford F-150) today–and shared many parts with it as well.

The first generation of Broncos were available only with four-wheel drive; however, this changed when production moved from Michigan to Wisconsin during 1970s when all models were equipped with four wheels. This change also resulted in losing some of that rugged character that made early Broncos so popular among outdoorsmen due largely because they had no choice but go off road if they wanted any fun driving experience!

O.J. Simpson Drives His Ford Bronco Off a Cliff

In 1994, O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. He was found not guilty in 1995. In 2007, he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 33 years in prison (a sentence that was later reduced).

In October 2016, Simpson’s Ford Bronco was sold at auction for $100k–a far cry from its original $70k sticker price!

The New Bronco Returns in 2020

The Ford Bronco is returning to the market in 2020, and it will be available with a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and offers an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The new Bronco will also be built on the same platform as the ford ranger pickup truck, which means it will offer off-road capabilities similar to those of its predecessor.

Although production has not yet started for this model year, you can expect prices to start around $30K when they become available in showrooms later this year.

The Ford Bronco has a history as long as America itself.

The Ford Bronco has a history as long as America itself. First introduced in 1966, it was designed to be a small SUV that could compete with the Jeep CJ and International Harvester Scout. The Bronco was built on the same platform as its big brother, the F-Series pickup truck, which helped keep costs down (and allowed for easy conversion). It was available with either a V8 or six-cylinder engine until 1977 when they stopped making them altogether due to poor sales numbers (around 15k units sold).

The second generation came out in 1978 but didn’t fare much better than its predecessor: only about 50k units were sold before being discontinued again after 1980 due to falling demand.

In 1984 however things changed drastically for these two off-roaders when Orenthal James Simpson drove one through his ex wife Nicole’s house during what would later become known as “The Trial of Century”–but not before crashing into some bushes first!

Conclusion

The Ford Bronco has a history as long as America itself. The first model was released in 1966, and it quickly became one of the most popular vehicles on the road. It was even used by O.J. Simpson during his infamous 1994 car chase with police officers! Today’s modern versions offer everything from off-road capabilities to luxury amenities–but no matter what kind of Bronco you choose, be prepared for an adventure!

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