1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo Concept was Radically Unique
Looking nothing like the Bronco of the time, the Montana Lobo Concept proved to be too extreme for production.
The unique concept vehicle shown here is the Ford Bronco Montana Lobo, which was introduced to the world at the 1981 Chicago Auto Show. Upon seeing the growing popularity of small sport utility vehicles and smaller pickups, the Motor Company created this unusual concept pickup based on the production version of the older Bronco.
Sadly, the vehicle didn’t come to production, nor did any of the design cues that made it so unusual, making this nothing more than an interesting piece of Ford history. Fortunately, the folks from The Fast Lane Truck recently did a feature on this unique concept and today, we bring you a closer look at the Montana Loco Concept.
1977 Chassis and Power
The 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo Concept was built on the chassis of a 1977 Ford Bronco, but as you can see in the images shown here, the later concept shared next to nothing with the earlier production model. Like the ’77, the 1981 concept relied on a 5.0-liter V8 engine, a manual transmission and a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system, but the body riding on top of that old school chassis and drivetrain setup was nothing like the older Bronco.
Montana Lobo Body
While the 1981 Montana Lobo Concept may have driven and performed a great deal like the 1977 Bronco, it was nearly impossible to tell from the exterior that the two were related. Rather than the iconic boxy shape of the production vehicle, the Montana Lobo Concept was a pickup truck of sorts with had a short, angled hood, a steeply sloped windshield and a bed that extended well past the rear wheels.
As if the basic exterior design wasn’t odd enough, the Montana Lobo Concept had sliding plastic-composite rear doors and the most unusual component, the dome-shaped plastic-composite rear doors. It also had a styling bar over the cab with a set of fog lights and support beams for the bar that extended off of the cab with a set of louvers. Also in that bed was a cloth bench seat that doesn’t appear to be particularly safe for road use.
Finally, in addition to the integrated winch, the Montana Lobo Concept had dual exhaust pipes on each side of the car, located just above the running boards. That would have most certainly burned a leg or two, so as we can see why that design cue didn’t make it to any production vehicles.
The Montana Lobo Concept never made it to production, nor did any of the unique design cues like the composite side doors or the sliding rear doors, but as concept pickups from the 1980s go, this Ford Bronco is as cool as it gets.