The First Bronco
The First Bronco was built as a teal green, 6-cylinder half-cab at the Ford Michigan pilot production plant in 1966. This truck would later receive a V8 transplant and red paint scheme while passing through the hands of Carroll Shelby. The Bronco was under Shelby’s ownership as part of Hi Performance Motors and the Christmas Mountains Land & Cattle Co. in Texas. The timeline below provides insight into this truck’s unique and historic life.
August 1966: Pilot production begins on the Prototype Bronco at the Michigan pre-production plant in Allen Park. The ‘S’ in the VIN stands for this facility. All assembly jigs and fixtures were tested here prior to full production at the Ford Michigan Truck Plant.