The Six Secret Stuff You Don't Know About the Ford Bronco II
- Goofy movie blunders are part of the Ford Bronco II's history. In the original horror classic, Saw, the character Zep is involved in a car chase. In that car chase, he drives a Ford Bronco II. When he later arrives at the warehouse in the movie, it magically becomes an F-150! Though Hollywood is known for its amusing continuity errors, this takes the cake because the two are clearly very distinct vehicles.
- The Ford Bronco II was the compact version of the very popular Bronco, and one of the last compact SUVs made by Ford for a long time. When the Bronco II was eventually replaced with the larger Ford Explorer, Ford would stay out of the compact SUV game for a whole decade until the Ford Escape was introduced.
- During the production of the Ford Bronco II, the National Highway Traffic Safety administration heavily investigated the compact SUV. At the time, rollovers were a very real fear in SUVs, especially the smaller one which were thought less likely to be able to handle the balance of having a high center of gravity. Turns out that the Bronco II balances out as well as a full-sized SUV does.
- The Ford Bronco II is also a TV star! It features prominently in the spin-off series to Happy Endings: Happy Rides. It is a big, red-colored truck in the same layout and design as when it first came out in 1984. Oddly enough, it is not included in the opening montage of the cars that the characters are supposed to have owned at some point in their lives.
- The Ford Bronco II's most famous experience that you probably missed is in the Daniel Craig hit Quantum of Solace. The SUV stolen by James Bond and, as he drove off, he contacted his handlers at MI6 in London requesting information on Dominic Green-the villain of that Bond hit.
- It's difficult to tell the Ford Bronco II apart from its bigger brother, especially from afar or if they aren't beside one another to reference size. The clue lies in the front. In the original Bronco, the lights up front wrap around the sides of the truck slightly. In the Bronco II, the headlights are just up front, and the turning indicators are split-one below the headlights, the other to the side of the truck!