Ford Bronco Boss
The Ford Bronco is a car fan favorite. What most people don’t know is that it was the prototype for a high-performance Bronco off-roader Ford produced in 1969. For decades, the public didn’t know about this car, but someone recently recovered it, displaying it in its original condition. Although Ford soon abandoned the Bronco Boss in 1969, it still is one of the most unusual American performance cars.
The Bronco was a popular SUV back in the late 60’s and Ford wanted to see what they could do to improve its appeal. At that time, Detroit was caught up in the muscle car wars and their engineers wanted an excuse to put big power in everything they could. So, somebody decided to install a 351 V8 engine from a 1969 Shelby GT350 into the Bronco. Ford called it the Bronco Boss, equipping it with two limited slip differentials for improved traction.
Today, high performance SUVs are common, but back in 1969, this class simply didn’t exist. The Bronco Boss was arguably the first performance SUV that could do a burnout with all four wheels.