LIMA — Say the name Ford Bronco, and immediately visions of O.J. Simpson’s chase on the California highway comes to mind. Ford ceased manufacturing the Bronco only two years later, in 1996.
The demise of the Bronco had nothing to do with the famous chase. It was discontinued so Ford could build bigger models, such as the Expedition and Explorer.
Dakota Potucek is a student at the University of Northwestern Ohio and too young to have watched the epic scene of O.J. being chased down Los Angeles’ 405 in Al Cowlings’ 1993 Bronco. Potucek is originally from Connecticut but calls Lima home for the current time. He brought with him his 1995 Ford Bronco.
“I’ve owned this for two years. It was originally a Georgia truck. The owner lived in Georgia, then moved to Connecticut. I bought the truck from them. I am the third owner,” Potucek said.
Potucek’s Bronco is an automatic, four-wheel drive with a 351 Windsor engine. He does have the cap to put back on the rear portion of his Bronco.
The Ford Bronco was manufactured by Ford starting in 1966. Its competitors were the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout. Ford marketed its two-door Bronco as an off-road vehicle. The Bronco came in three different body styles, a two-door wagon, a half-cab pickup and an open-body roadster.
Potucek enjoys having his Bronco at school with him and taking his friends with him. He brought it to the Gary Allen Memorial Car Show. He appreciates the history of the vehicle.
“This is my daily driver. I would like to get it off the road to fix it up someday,” Potucek said.