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Ford's iconic Bronco throughout history (pictures)

Ford's original SUV began in the 1960s and continued its initial run through the mid-'90s. Now that its return is fueling the rumor mill, we thought we'd take a look back at the Bronco through its lifespan.

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Chris Paukert
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This 1966 Ford Bronco prototype wears its utilitarian good looks on its sleeve.

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1966 Ford Bronco with travel trailer.

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Even in 1966, Ford had suburban lifestyle inclinations for its Bronco.

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The 1968 Ford Bronco was the outdoorsman's friend.

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Ford's 1974 Bronco remains a rectilinear charmer.

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This 1971 Ford Bronco looks extra tough with its larger white-letter rubber.

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This 1978 model readily illustrates how Ford grew the Bronco's footprint over its many generations.

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Based on a ladder-frame truck chassis, the 1983 Bronco was genuinely off-road capable, and could tow, too.

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Ford didn't shy away from two-tone paint with the Bronco, as seen here with this 1989 model.

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This era of Ford Bronco is perhaps best known for starring in Al "A.C." Cowlings' and O.J. Simpson's infamous slow-speed chase. This is a 1995 example.

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This 1996 Ford Bronco is an upscale Eddie Bauer edition.

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Ford's Bronco Concept was a sensation in 2004. Enthusiasts have been clamoring for a production version ever since.

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