As the legendary Ford Bronco prepares to make its triumphant return, you can brush up on automotive history with some fun facts about this iconic model. The Bring Back Bronco podcast, hosted by NPR auto reporter Sonari Glinton, is an eight-part series that showcases the ups and downs in the Bronco’s untold story.
Want a taste of what the podcast has in store? The Bronco’s journey began in 1966, when the Ford Motor Company set out to make a vehicle that was suited to both work and play. The Bronco was originally codenamed “the G.O.A.T.” since it could “go over any terrain.” That old nickname lives on today in the Bronco’s rugged G.O.A.T. Modes™, which help it handle everything from mud and ruts to sand and snow.
The iconic model was brought to life by a trio of Ford legends: product manager Donald N. Frey, engineer Paul G. Axelrad, and designer McKinley Thompson. Frey eventually became a Ford division president, while Thompson holds the honor of being the company’s first African American designer,
The popular Bronco quickly became a star. It appeared in countless films and television shows, ranging from “Green Acres” and “Hawaii Five-0” to “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Eiger Sanction.”
With the introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, the model’s history lives on. Reserve your Bronco today at Nick Nicholas Ford.