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YAK Car Pic of the Day

If cleanliness is next to godliness, this 1966-67 Ford Bronco has a long drive to heaven. Here is what auto manufacturers had in mind when they started selling SUVs — they were supposed to be off-road vehicles. And this one certainly looks like it’s been off the road. Way off. The Bronco was new for 1966, Ford’s answer to the increasing popularity of the Jeep CJ and International Harvester’s Scout. Initially offered only with a six-cylinder engine, V-8 power became available in 1967. All early Broncos were four-wheel-drive, had three-speed manual transmissions, and were offered as a roadster, pickup, or wagon. Fans of the tv show Green Acres may remember County Agent Hank Kimball driving a red Bronco roadster to the Douglas farm on a number of episodes. This yellow top-up roadster was seen recently in Sanborn, where many areas of town are off-the-road.

Hank Kimball’s roadster

’67 wagon ad art

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know