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1966 Ford Bronco

The new Ford Bronco, launched as a 1966 model, was the company's first dedicated 4x4 sport-utility vehicle, and designed to compete with the off-road Jeep and International Harvester's Scout.

Donald N. Frey inspired the Bronco concept. Paul G. Axelrad was responsible for the structural design of the car's chassis. The brakes and axles, including the 9-inch rear axle, were sourced from the Ford F-100 truck. The transfer case was a Dana-sourced unit. The body, frame, and suspension were unique. Through 1971, a tough Dana 30 front axle was utilized. The suspension was comprised of a coil-springs setup in the front and leaf springs at the rear.

The Bronco's design was fairly square with flat glass and no-frills bumpers. The short wheelbase carried several body styles including a wagon, pickup-style half-cab, and a Spartan Jeep-style roadster. Inside, there were buck seats in the front, a rear bench seat, and a tachometer. Available items included an auxiliary gas tank, snowplow, winch, tow bar, post-hole digger, and specific tires and wheels. Power was from a 170-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine offering 105 horsepower. The engine was borrowed from the Ford Falcon and came equipped with a heavy-duty fuel pump. The carburetor was equipped with a special float to ensure proper fuel delivery on steep grades.

Later in 1966, a 289 cubic-inch V8 became available. A three-speed column-shift manual transmission was the sole gearbox available and automatic transmissions would not be offered until 1973.


Related Reading : Ford Bronco History

From 1966 through 1996 Ford produced a stylish and popular SUV named the Bronco. In 1994 a Ford Bronco was seen on TV in a low-speed chase being pursued by the Los Angeles Police Department. Behind the wheel was O.J. Simpson. The Ford Bronco sat atop a small 92 inch wheelbase which made it suitable for off-road excursions. Its body, frame and suspension were all new and did not share with any....
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Related Reading : Ford Bronco History

A original concept designed under engineer Paul Axelrad, the Ford Bronco was an SUV produced from 1966 through 1996. Original and distinct, the Bronco had a body, suspension, and a frame that wasnt shared with any other vehicle or modeled off of prototypes. Produced in Wayne, Michigan at Fords Truck Plant, the full-sized Bronco and the successor Expedition were met with public approval, but....
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1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Ford Bronco vehicle information

SUV

Chassis Num: U13FL739075

This Ford Bronco U13 Roadster is one just 5,000 built over a three year period. This was the first year of production. This example has 4-wheel drive, a 3-speed transmission, and a 170 cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine.....[continue reading]

1966 Ford Bronco vehicle information

SUV

Chassis Num: U15FL772136

This particular Bronco is a first-year Bronco that has been given a body-off-frame restoration. It is equipped with a tough Dana 44 front axle and retains a 9-inch Ford unit at the rear. There is a new four-speed manual transmission and a proper Dana....[continue reading]

1966 Ford Bronco vehicle information

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The First Bronco was built as a teal green, 6-cylinder half-cab at the Ford Michigan pilot production plant in 1966. This truck would later receive a V8 transplant and red paint scheme while passing through the hands of Carroll Shelby. The Bronco was....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: U13FL739075 
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Chassis #: U15FL772136 
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Ford Monthly Sales Volume

September 2021
148,967
July 2021
115,816
June 2021
115,789
May 2021
153,582
February 2021
155,856
January 2021
135,837
November 2020
141,544
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1966 Bronco
$2,194-$31,400

Other 1966 Ford Models
$2,238 - $3,066
$2,415 - $2,650
$2,660 - $3,845
$4,393 - $4,843

Bronco

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 105.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 200.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 278.00 CID., 200.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 100.00hp
8 cyl., 289.00 CID., 235.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 120.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 220.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 105.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 220.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 100.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 210.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
21,115
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 82.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 135.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 84.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 141.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194
92.00 in.
6 cyl., 200.00 CID., 75.00hp
8 cyl., 302.00 CID., 129.00hp
$2,194 - $2,194

Industry Production

#1#2#3Ford
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)2,054,351
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)2,096,184
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)1,826,777
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)1,753,334
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)1,730,224
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,212,415
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Volkswagen (1,174,687)Toyota (1,068,321)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)1,594,053
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)1,525,404
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)1,476,031
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,338,790

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