Classics 2021 Ford Bronco Vs. First-Gen 1966 Bronco: 55 Years Later
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Let's see how the all-new revived Ford Bronco compares to its first-generation predecessor from over five decades prior.
Much to the delight of car and off-road enthusiasts everywhere, thehas finally made an epic return to the Blue Oval lineup. The highly anticipated 2021 Bronco was officially revealed Monday night, and it didn't take long for reservations to fill up for the off-road SUV. The waiting game isn't over yet as this all-new is set to arrive at dealerships sometime next spring. With all the hoopla surrounding the Bronco's revival, how much has changed in 55 years from the first-ever 1966 Bronco model? A lot, of course. For fun, let's see how the two compare.
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Know of a cool barn find or have one of your own? Tell us the story and send photos to email@example.com Yes, this is fundamentally a feature about a rare barn find 1966 Mustang fastback, but as the headline suggests, there’s a whole lot more to its story. If you just came to see the car itself and want to know exactly how good of a barn find it really is, we'll get the specs out of the way first: It's a factory A-Code 1966 Mustang fastback with the 289 ci V-8, four-speed top loader transmission, limited-slip rearend, and, if the pictures are to be believed, it was originally painted a rare burgundy with white racing stripes.
With a continuous production run from 1966 through 1996, thewent through five distinct generation changes over the course of 30 years. The very first generation Bronco was produced from 1966 through 1977, and Ford designed and built the off-road compete against the CJ-5 and in the off-road market. Initially, the sat on its very own platform.
For the 2021 model year, the reborn Ford Bronco will be offered in three different variants, a two-door model that is reminiscent of its vintage kin (starting at $29,995). Also, a four-door variant was introduced along with a smaller model dubbed the Sport (pricing not yet announced). Different trim levels are available depending on what kind of off-roading you have in mind. The First-Edition reservations are completely filled up.
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This G.T.350-H Hertz rental car was parked since 1981. It was found and rescued and waiting for a restoration.The entire car had sunk into the mud and might not have been worth the trouble except it was a real Shelby, one of the 936 G.T.350-H models that Shelby-American produced in the Rent-A-Racer program. Most being automatic, these rental cars were once deemed slightly watered down and thus not destined to be as desirable as a basic four-speed 1966 G.T.350. Perhaps the wondrous black-with-gold paint stripe scheme, and the oddity of a real Shelby being available for $19.95 a day is what has put this car on a collector pedestal.
Back in 1966, the Bronco was given many mechanical components used in the Ford Falcon, although it was not a Falcon-derived vehicle. Weighing in at a half ton, the '66 Bronco was also offered in three body types: A rugged roadster that could be ordered with no top, open-sided fairings instead of doors, and a fold-down windshield ($2,404). The second version was a pickup-style "sports utility" model ($2,480), and last but not least, a wagon with a steel top ($2,625). Out of the three models offered, the wagon proved most popular selling 1,736 more examples than the other two combined.
Unlike the Chevy Blazer, thecame out swinging with a retro-inspired design. Exterior-wise, the new Bronco is a boxy vehicle much like its first-generation kin. Even more, both feature circular headlights, although the modern Bronco incorporates daytime running lights. Also, the roof and doors are removable.
1966 Mustang Restomod: Homebuilt from the Ground Up
At 69 years old, Stan Hawkins undertook his first full car build, restoring and modifying a 1966 Mustang Coupe in his home garageAs Stan tells it, this is how it all started: "When I retired as a product development engineer in 2013 at the age of 69 I needed a project. I've always loved working on cars but never had the time to do it from bottom to top. I felt I might be too old until I met another old guy with a hot rod Model A pickup in a parking lot at the hardware store. We talked, and I told him my concern. He looked at me kind of funny and said, 'Well I'm 74 and working on several right now.
For the two larger modern Broncos, massive 35-inch tires can be added which is a first-ever for any production off-road vehicle. For the Sport model, the largest tires available would be 29-inch all-terrains.
The 2021comes in exterior colors such as Cyber Orange, Antimatter Blue, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, Area 51, Rapid Red, Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, Oxford White, and Race Red.
The first-generation Bronco was available in Raven Black, Caribbean Turquoise, Arcadian Blue, Sahara Beige, Rangoon Red, Holly Green. Wimbledon White, Marlin Blue, Skylight Blue (a San Jose Plant specific color), and Springtime Yellow.
For the 2021 model, the cockpit was designed with the first-gen Bronco in mind "with gauges and controls that are clearly visible and intuitive" as stated on the Ford Bronco's official breakdown on Ford's website. The new Bronco interior features leather-trimmed seats made of cloth and marine-grade vinyl. In the four-door model, the second row seats come with a 60/40 fold, and also easily collapse to make more room for more things to bring on adventures. Because off-road adventures can bring in quite a bit of unwanted dirt, the floor is rubberized rubberized and is incorporated with drains for easy cleaning.
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The '66model had six interior colors to choose from to go with five exterior finishes. A steel bulkhead separated the driver's compartment from the cargo area (55.2 x 61-inch). Both wagons and roadsters had a rear seat option without the bulkhead, and the spare tire was mounted on the outside of the tailgate. Pickups and wagons were equipped with bolt-on steel roofs.
The top, doors, and extra seats were designed for easy and fast removal. For the first-generation, the side and tailgate windows in the wagon were stationary. Aftermarket sliding windows were available to purchase and install.
Each newversion comes with a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes (standing for Go Over Any Terrain) for various types of off-road adventures including rock-crawling, higher-speed Baja, sand, and slippery terrain. The base model utilizes a two-speed electronic transfer case while the advanced model has an electromechanical system that automatically shifts between 2H and 4H. Also, it is equipped with a Dana 44 solid rear axle, Dana independent front differential with electronic locking capabilities for tougher terrain.
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Other options include low-speed cruise control, turn-assist that tightens the turning radius, and single-pedal drive capability that folds the braking in when crawling over rocks at slow speeds.
The two biggermodels have a solid rear axle while the smaller Sport is equipped with independent suspension in both the front and back. All new Broncos will be four-wheel-drive.
The '66sat on a simple ladder frame. The vintage off-roader came with a Dana Model 20 out back and a Dana Model 30 up front with manual locking hubs. Suspension components consisted of conventional leaf spring and live axle out back paired with coil springs up front with a radius arm for durability and strength. The old-school SUV featured a short 92-inch wheelbase which allowed for 33.6-foot turning diameter.
When it comes to powering the 2021 Bronco, the EcoBoost was the answer to all variants. To the dismay of many, none of the new Bronco variants will feature the almighty 5.0-liter Coyote V8.
The engine options for the larger new Bronco models will be either a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 310-horsepower and 400 lb/ft of torque or a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 270-horsepower and 310 lb/ft of torque. The smaller Sport model is powered by either a 2.o-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that generates 245-horsepower and 275 lb/ft of torque, or they can opt for the lesser 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost good for 181-horsepower and 190 lb/ft of torque. Both Sport models will be shifted via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Transmissions also available for the bigger models include a 10-speed automatic transmission and 7-speed manual.
Beechmont Ford Celebrates New Bronco's Debut With Project 1979 Resto
The icon gets a thorough makeover. Earlier this week, Ford resurrected an icon – the Bronco. Since then, the internet has raged with Bronco fever as eager off-roaders raced to place their preorders as it appears Ford has built a worthy successor to the name. However, while the Bronco brand looks forward, it wouldn't be what it is without a famous legacy, and Beechmont Ford is honoring that with a restored 1979 example. Codenamed Project 1979, Beechmont Ford has taken a standard 1979 example and turned into a pristine platform of what old and new technologies can achieve.
The old-school '66with four-wheel-drive was powered by a solid-lifter 170-cubic-inch overhead-valve inline-six capable of 105-horsepower at 4,400-rpm. The vintage Bronco power-plant featured the same basic engine that powered the Falcon and Econoline models, but was topped with a different single-barrel carburetor and a stronger fuel pump. Ford decided to use the six-cylinder for economical reasons but also to keep the base model price down. However, the SUV still only averaged 14 miles per gallon, so it wasn't really economical at all. Back in March 1966, Ford made a 289-cubic-inch V8 optional.
The only transmission option for the '66 Bronco was a fully synchronized three-speed manual mounted on the steering column. In fact, it was quick-shifting and smooth which was a first in regards to off-road and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The automatic transmission would not become available until the 1973 model year, but only paired with the 302-cubic-inch V8 engine. A T-handle found on the tunnel operated the transfer case that powered both front and rear axles with constant-velocity and double-cardan universal joints.
That concludes the comparison between the all-new 2021 Bronco and first-ever 1966, two off-road SUVS that share the same moniker but are separated by a span of 55 years. So, brand new or old-school Bronco?
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Riding shotgun in a prototype of the new two-door Bronco reveals it to have the off-road prowess to back up its rugged looks. Our passenger-seat time was limited, lasting only 10 minutes over roughly two miles of trails and obstacles in southeastern Michigan's Holly Oaks ORV Park. Our ridealong was in a two-door Badlands model, one of the Bronco's more dedicated off-road configurations with 33-inch all-terrain tires, electronically locking front and rear differentials, and a hydraulically actuated front anti-roll bar disconnect. An available Sasquatch package with 35-inch mud-terrain rubber looks very imposing.