Moray Callum’s newest retro ride is maybe offering a sneak into Ford’s future.
The chief designer of producer of a vintage vehicle enthusiast, is rolling around town these days in a black 1976 Bronco SUV. An employee sold it to him at Ford’s last Wixom Assembly Plant. He says that, this car is his wife’s favorite, out of all the old cars he has.
Callum said he adores the simple and original style of vehicle’s body and likes how high up is the passenger’s seat in the cabin.
“It’s very inspirational,” he said.
Some of the car’s original features will make it into the next model and some will not
Some of the car’s original features will make it into the next model and some will not, but we will see what will happen at it’s debut in 2020.
Ford officials have left speechless about many details, instead confirming last week that the off-road SUV would come back, along with the midsize Ranger pickup, and be made at the Michigan Assembly Plant.
One thing is sure: It will be a behemoth designed body-on-frame challenging competitors like the Jeep Wrangler, not a smoother-riding, fuel-economy-friendly with unique body utility like the Ford Escape.
“This is a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality with the space and versatility of an SUV,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said last week at the Detroit auto show. “It’s capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders.”
Executive Chairman Bill Ford named the SUV that i8s coming a “true, tough Bronco. A real off-road vehicle.”
Ford, who said that he noted he has owned Broncos since he got his driver’s license, confirmed the new SUV will be made on the company’s T-6 midsize truck platform, similar to the Ranger.
Callum’s ’76 has minimum one feature that will probably not return in the new model: a three-on-the-tree manual transmission.
“I tried to valet park it last year in a restaurant,” said Callum . “[The valet] said, “You park it.’ He didn’t know what to do with it.”