The Bronco debuted in 1966 as Ford’s first compact SUV. Simplicity and economy was the order of the day. All glass was flat, and the left and right door skins were identical—only the mounting holes were different. These no-nonsense, 1st-generation Broncos soldiered on for twelve years until Ford released the 2nd generation in 1978.
An able platform for hunters and adventures alike, the early Bronco, with its short, 92-inch wheelbase, performed well on America's backroads and trails. It even went racing, competing in the Mint 400, Baja 500, and the Mexican 1000 (the precursor to the Baja 1000).
These days old Broncos are the well-loved, elder statesmen of the off-road and overlanding communities.