Car: Ford Bronco
What makes it special: Ford's Bronco model were produced from 1966 to 1996. They can be divided into two categories of early Broncos (1966–77) and full-size Broncos (1978–96). Built on its own platform, it was Ford's answer to Jeep's CJ-5 and International Harvester's Scout 4-Wheel Drive models. The early Broncos were offered in wagon, half-cab, and a less popular roadster configuration. The roadster version was dropped and the sport package, which later became a model line, was added. Its long option list included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, a tachometer, and a CB Radio, in addition to more functional items like a tow bar, auxiliary gas tank, a snowplow, a winch, and a Post-hole digger.
What made it famous: When Chevrolet introduced their more powerful 4-Wheel Drive Blazer to the market, Ford countered by enlarging their optional 289 V8 to a 302 V8 on the Bronco.
Why I would want one: It has that cool, boxy off-road look that just looks like it means business. It can easily be enhanced with a suspension and body lift, and the 302 V8 in a vehicle that size screams "Off-road Hot Rod," as shown in the photo.
Fun fact: The Bronco permanently entered American popular culture on June 17, 1994, when a white 1992 model owned and driven by Al Cowlings with O.J. Simpson attempted to elude the Los Angeles Police department in a low-speed chase, which was nationally televised and viewed by millions nationwide.
( 1969 Ford Bronco photo from themusclecarshop.us )