1991 Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle

Summary

Sport utility vehicles--boxy light trucks with high ground clearance, substantial cargo capacity, and often featuring four wheel drive--were long used by people living in rural areas. In the late 1980s urban families adopted them as replacements for minivans. The 1991 Explorer was Ford's entry into this new market and soon became the best-selling vehicle in the class.

Sport utility vehicles--boxy light trucks with high ground clearance, substantial cargo capacity, and often featuring four wheel drive--were long used by people living in rural areas. In the late 1980s urban families adopted them as replacements for minivans. The 1991 Explorer was Ford's entry into this new market and soon became the best-selling vehicle in the class.

Artifact

Sport utility vehicle

Date Made

1991

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

United States, Kentucky, Louisville 

Creator Notes

Manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky by Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2011.392.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Aluminum (Metal)
Plastic
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Light blue
Blue
Black (Color)
Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 67.5 in

Width: 70 in

Length: 184.5 in

Wheelbase: 112 in

Weight: 4015 lbs

Inscriptions

On front hubs: 4x4 / AUTOMATIC Emblems on lift gate: EXPLORER / XLT / Ford

Specifications

Make & Model: 1991 Ford Explorer sport-utility

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-6, overhead valves, 244 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed automatic, 4-wheel drive

Height: 67.5 inches

Wheelbase: 112 inches

Width: 70 inches

Overall length: 184.5 inches

Weight: 4015 pounds

Horsepower: 155 at 3800 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 25.9

Price: $19,275

Average 1991 wage: $24,578 per year

Time you'd work to buy this vehicle: : about 10 months

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