Ah, the Ford Bronco. First launched in 1966, the SUV was arguably one of Ford Motor Company’s riskiest endeavors, competing against the already well-established International Harvester Scout and Jeep CJs of the time, while also requiring tooling never before used on any other platform. Even the Mustang, for all that it changed with introducing fast pony cars to the American public, had some basis in the earlier Ford Falcon.
The investment paid off, though, and the short-wheelbase rig proved itself time and again with each succeeding generation. The one we have today, a 1995 model, was the second-to-last year these fun little machines were ever made, as part of the fifth (and final) generation.
But holy cow, what a way to go. The faded red paint, classic holepunched wheels, and wide-treaded tires put the point across that the Bronco saw some use out on the trail before it wound up on the Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) website. Well, that, and the chunks of scrub and soil help too.
We’re hardly sure of where to begin, the 4×4 is so messed up. The frame is without a doubt bent to hell and back, and the body supports this theory with massive wedges in the rear passenger panel, front driver quarter panel, and cracked-up bedcap trailing to a dented and twisted tailgate.
When viewed from the rear, the whole vehicle looks like some funhouse mirror reflection, slanting severely to the right and casting shadows where they shouldn’t be. Nobody knows how the car got to be in this position, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Pop down below and leave a comment!