Ford Bronco History

Ford Bronco Models


You might think of the classic Ford Bronco as the predecessor to the modern SUV. Designed as a family-friendly all-terrain vehicle, its rugged curb appeal and 92-inch wheelbase stood out in a market that then favored sleek styling. In fact, it was the first-generation Bronco’s unpretentious looks and unmatched off-road capability that created an icon — helping the Bronco to rule the Appleton roads from 1965 to 1977. Below, join Holiday Ford as we explore 55 years of Ford Bronco history, early Ford Bronco generations, the new 2021 Bronco, and more!

The Next Generation and Beyond: Ford Bronco History Through the 80s and 90s

Following the reign of the first-generation classic Ford Bronco from 1865 to 1977, Ford Bronco history continues apace — with several more Ford Bronco generations through the 80s and 90s. Check out the evolution of early Ford Bronco models, below:

Second Generation (1978-1980)

The second-generation 1978 Bronco shares its looks with the previous generation, it features a new chassis imported from the Ford F-Series. Here again, the Bronco defied the trends of the time by widening its wheelbase even further.

Third Generation (1980-1986)

The third generation is a smaller and lighter version of the classic Ford Bronco. This early-80s version created the blueprint for full-size SUVs, as well as the offshoot Ford Bronco II. Produced from 1983 to 1990, this compact version of the Bronco borrowed the Ford Ranger engine and chassis. It was the first compact SUV on the road in Fond du Lac — and the precursor to the Ford Explorer.

Fourth Generation (1987-1991)

The Silver Anniversary Edition Bronco celebrates the classic Ford Bronco’s 25th anniversary with luxury updates like leather seats. This is the first time you see an early Ford Bronco model moving into interior amenities focused on comfort and convenience.

Fifth Generation (1992-1996)

The most recent generation in Ford Bronco history continues the trend that began in the 4th generation, making the Bronco more street-friendly than ever. For instance, the classic Ford Bronco’s removable top was discontinued with this generation.

2021: Return of the Ford Bronco

2021 marks another high point of Ford Bronco history: an updated Bronco is set to hit Oshkosh-area dealerships as early as May 2021. With the release date fast approaching, you’ll want to reserve your 2021 Bronco while you still can! Here’s what you can expect from this modern-day classic Ford Bronco:

  • Classic body-on-frame construction
  • Independent suspension
  • 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost® inline-four engine
  • Detachable roof
  • Removable side doors for a classic open-air touring or trail experience
  • Available trail-ready 4-door 2021 Ford Bronco Sport trim level

Reserve Your New Ford Bronco at Holiday Ford

If you’re like off-road enthusiasts across Oshkosh, you can’t wait to get a good look at the Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport. Contact us today to find out when the Bronco will arrive on our lot in Fond du Lac!