If you’ve been keeping an eye on the roads lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a new Ford Bronco out there. Not only is it one of the hottest-selling cars on the market today, but it’s also so sought-after that Ford actually stopped taking reservations for new models in mid-2021.
So maybe you can’t buy a new Ford Bronco right now … but it’s still possible to drive one. Or, even better: What if we told you that you could get behind the wheel of your vintage dream version of the Bronco? Whether it’s the boxy first-generation from 1966, the full-size free wheelin’ version from the late ‘70s, or even the F-150-esque edition from the early ‘90s, we can help you rent a Ford Bronco, thanks to DriveShare.
First: Become a DriveShare driver:
Before we start your Bronco hunt, we’ll need you to register as a DriveShare driver. Like a regular rental car agreement, we require DriveShare renters to be at least 25 years old to register. Once we’ve confirmed that and created an account, there’s one last step that you’ll have to go through when you’re ready to make your first booking.
For the safety of our renters, we do need to verify your driving history and personal info before we confirm the rental. Eligibility requirements are here; if you haven’t had any major or minor violations on a license you’ve had for more than two years, you should be good to go. The whole process can take up to 72 hours, so we don’t recommend waiting until the last minute for your first Bronco rental.
After that? The thousands of vintage cars available for rent are at your beck and call.
Next: Find your perfect DriveShare Bronco:
Once you’ve become a DriveShare driver, it’s easy to find the Bronco of your dreams (new or vintage). There are three kinds of DriveShare experiences: a driving rental, a chauffeured rental, or an event rental. Event rentals are largely for photoshoots or for other display-only uses, while chauffeured rentals get you not just the car, but the driver as well (great if you don’t want to worry about learning the ins and outs of an intricate supercar or a delicate Brass Era ride).
Once you’ve selected a driving rental, you can filter by make/model, preferred year of production, and even the transmission type. From there you can check a specific vehicle’s availability and any car-specific policies set in place by an owner (mileage limits, weather specifications and others). Once you click “Reserve,” and the owner approves, a DriveShare drive is in your immediate future.
But what about insurance?
Don’t worry: As a certified DriveShare driver, Hagerty DriveShare provides up to $1 million in liability coverage for both bodily injury and property damage for every rental period. The owner of the vehicle is also covered by comprehensive and collision coverage based on their agreed value for the vehicle, so both drivers and owners are protected.
One more thing: Because we know older cars have a tendency to be, on occasion, a bit fussy, we also include roadside assistance coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What am I looking for in a Ford Bronco rental?
When you get behind the wheel of a Ford Bronco, you’re sitting in the world’s first “sport utility vehicle.” The Bronco began life as an offroader much like Jeep’s CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout. It hit the market in 1965 as one part wagon, one part pickup, one part GOAT: “Goes Over All Terrain,” as some at Ford liked to describe it.
At the time of its launch, the Bronco was a “keep-it-simple” kind of vehicle. There was one engine (a straight-six) and one transmission (a three-speed column shifter) and three body styles: a two-door wagon, a pickup, and a roadster with a removable rooftop. From there, options to the drive train, transmission, trim level, and other add-ons increased each year as Ford wanted it to be, like its sibling the Mustang, a very customizable machine. Many DriveShare Broncos of this era have ragtop roofs and aftermarket lift kits added as well.
The second generation rolled off the line in 1977 in a full-size SUV format that added some aggression compared to the last gen’s friendlier body styling. It got wider, longer, and taller with two V-8 engines available to choose from, and the only body style was the three-door wagon with a removable hardtop roof. The larger dimensions stayed intact through Bronco’s third generation, starting in 1980, though the vehicle started to get progressively more efficient. We see DriveShare Broncos of these two generations largely skewing to the 70’s models, many of which are reminiscent of the Hot Wheels Gen X and Millennials may have played with.
The boxier fourth and fifth generations carried the Bronco in pickup-like style through the late eighties and early 1990s (if you remember the white Bronco from the most famous slow-speed police chase in history, you know what we’re talking about) and Ford discontinued the line in 1996. Flash forward to 2021 when the Bronco was reborn with a vintage mid-1960s look (round headlights and boxy styling) plus removable doors and a convertible roof, much like a Jeep Wrangler.
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