Vin Car Pics: 1968 Ford Bronco

The first-generation of Broncos ran from from 1966 to 1977; a 1968 model is shown. (Ford)

Since Ford’s vow in 2017 to bring back the Bronco, fans have eagerly awaited its return. Based on a foundation from the current-generation Ford Ranger, the reveal of the midsize SUV is expected this July.

There were five generations of Bronco, built from 1966 to mid-1996, when Ford announced the discontinuation of the Bronco to make way for the Expedition. The second-generation was moved to a larger F-150 chassis (to better compete with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, Dodge Ramcharger and Jeep Cherokee).

(Ford PR archives)

The first-generation of Broncos, from 1966 to 1977, had their own box-section, body-on-frame chassis, according to Wikipedia. Built on a 92-inch wheelbase it was sized between the Jeep CJ-5 and International Scout, the major competitors of its day.

To simplify production, all examples were sold with four-wheel drive, a shift-on the-fly Dana 20 transfer case and locking hubs. The rear axle was a Ford 9-inch axle with Hotchkiss drive and leaf springs. The front axle was a Dana 30, replaced by a Dana 44 in 1971.

All generations of Bronco to date have been built at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Mich. And the 2021 Ford Bronco, offered in two- and four-door body styles, also will built at the nameplate’s birthplace, alongside the Ranger.

The first-generation Bronco was sold in three body styles: two-door wagon, half-cab pickup and open-body roadster. (Ford PR archives)

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