The 1980-’86 Bronco was an even greater departure from the original

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By Mike McNessor from July 2020 issue of Hemmings Classic Car

Ford’s squared-off, first-generation Broncos are hot today but, by the early 1970s, they’d lost their edge. The all-new 1973 Chevrolet Blazer, which was larger and more luxurious than the original Bronco, found 44,841 buyers in its debut year, versus 21,894 for the Ford. By 1976, Blazer production soared to 74,389 while Dearborn made just 13,265 Broncos.

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