Today's car SUV of the day comes from juantoo3's collection, and is Kidco's 1979 Ford Bronco.
Wikipedia wrote:The Ford Bronco is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV, predating the term SUV) manufactured and marketed by Ford from 1966 to 1996, over five generations of vehicles. Originally slated for launch as a 1974 model, the updated (1978) Bronco was intended to become a direct competitor for the Chevrolet K5 Blazer/GMC Jimmy. Designed by Dick Nesbitt, the full-size Bronco was designed under several Ford design requirements, including complete interchangeability of doors with the F-100 and a removable hardtop free of leaks (a problem the Blazer had at the time). Although Project Shorthorn was approved past the prototype stage, the 1973 oil crisis essentially put production of the vehicle on hold, as Ford balanced the potential fuel economy of a full-size Bronco against the compact version then in production. The 1978-1979 Bronco is based on the Ford F-100 pickup truck (1973-1979 sixth generation). Alongside the shortened wheelbase (104 inches (2,642 mm)), the major difference between the Bronco and F-100 is the standard four-wheel-drive powertrain. This generation of the Bronco is fitted with part-time four-wheel drive and a New Process 205 gear-driven transfer case with the option of permanent four-wheel drive and a New Process 203 chain-driven transfer case.
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This week's COTD cars are courtesy of juantoo3. It is curious that Kidco gave this Bronco a set of Mustang tail lights. While the '78-'79 Bronco was made as a toy by Kidco and Zylmex, this is a classic that I would be excited to see covered by one of the current collectible diecast companies. For another blast from the past, the green version of the Kidco Bronco was run as COTD in August of 2010, and can be seen here: http://swiftysgarage.net/topic/6723080/1/
Wikipedia wrote:As with its chassis, the 1978-1979 Bronco derives much of its body from the F-Series truck line, sharing the doors, front roofline and sheetmetal, and interior with the F-Series. Retaining the wagon body of its predecessor and adopting the configuration of the Blazer/Jimmy, the Bronco was fitted with a removable hardtop and folding rear seat. Similar to the Ford LTD Country Squire, the glass of the rear window rolled down into the tailgate (via a dash-mounted switch or from using the key on the outside), allowing the tailgate to fold down. Along with an external spare tire option, this design was used in the Bronco through the 1996 model year. In 1979, Ford added captain's chair front seats as an option. Ford used similar nomenclature for the Bronco as with the Ford F-Series: Bronco Custom (base model), and Bronco Ranger XLT (top-level trim). For 1978, only Customs had round head lights. Ranger, Ranger XLTs and Lariats were distinguished by their square headlights, which became standard on all models for 1979. In 1978 and 1979, alongside the Econoline, F-Series, and Courier, the Bronco was sold with a "Free-Wheelin'" cosmetic option package for both Custom and Ranger XLT trims. Featuring tricolor striping and blacked-out exterior trim, the package featured revised exterior striping for 1979.