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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

Readers of Oversteer, I present to you a 1990 Ford Bronco Centurion. This is a stretched Ford Bronco with four doors, which is something Ford never offered from the factory. But you now can get it right here on Autotrader for just $9,995.

Before I get into too many details about this particular Centurion, let's discuss the Centurion itself. In the early 1990s, it became very clear that the Chevy Suburban was going to be a very popular vehicle, and Ford didn't have a competitor. It was also clear that Ford wasn't really planning on making a rival to the Suburban -- or at least not right away. Instead, Ford's only potential Suburban nemesis was the Bronco, and it was only offered in a 2-door body style.

So a company in southwestern Michigan called Centurion Vehicles got involved. And thus, the 4-door Centurion Bronco was born.

Interestingly, the creation of the Centurion Bronco didn't involve simply stretching out a Bronco and adding some doors. Instead, Centurion used the front half of a crew-cab Ford F-Series Super Duty and the rear half of a Bronco in order to create a 4-door SUV that looked like a Bronco, even though the whole thing rode on the Super Duty chassis. The interior was improved compared to either car, though, and 3-row seating with room for up to nine people was standard.

Although the Centurion Bronco continued until the Bronco's cancellation after the 1996 model year, the arrival of the Ford Expedition in 1997 cemented the fact that it was no longer needed, and the Centurion was sort of lost to time. Nonetheless, I still think it's a cool piece of Ford truck and SUV history, and it's an interesting look at the development of the SUV in its early years.

More importantly, if you want to have a Centurion Bronco all to yourself, this one is offered by a private seller in San Diego, noting rust in the "usual places" and a little work needed.

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