Jeep Forward Control

The Jeep Forward Control is a truck that was produced by Willys Kaiser_Jeep from 1956 to 1965.
It was also assembled in other international markets. The layout featured a cab over forward control) design.

Jeep Forward Control

Engine 2.2L F-head I4 (FC-150)
3.7L Super Hurricane L-head I6 (FC-170, FC-170 DRW)
Transmission 3-speed manual 4-speed manual (from 1958)
Wheelbase 81 in (2,057 mm) FC-150
93 in (2,362 mm) FC-160
103 in (2,616 mm) FC-170, FC-170 DRW
Length 147.5 in (3,747 mm) (FC-150) 181.5 in (4,610 mm) (FC-170, FC-170 DRW)

  • Proposals included a "Forward Control Commuter" design that may have been among the earliest minivan-type vehicles. Three operational concept cars were built by Reutter in Stuttgart, West Germany. Brooks Stevens was also involved in the transformation of this truck platform into a passenger vehicle.


    Introduced in 1956, FC-150 models used the frame and wheelbase of the CJ-5 81 in (210 cm) with a 78 in (200 cm) bed. In 1958, the FC-150 received a new, wider chassis. Its track was widened from 48 in (120 cm) to 57 in (140 cm).

    1957 Jeep model FC-170 with pickup cargo bed

    Fire engine van body Forward Control

    Aside from Forward Control Jeeps being built for civilian use, there were also four models manufactured for the military.

    • M676 - Basically a civilian FC with minor modifications
    • M677 - A four-door crew cab with a canopy over the bed
    • M678 - An FC with a van body
    • M679 - An M678 refitted as an ambulance

    Non-USA models Non-USA models

    c.1970s domestic market in India cowl & chassis FC-160

    Numerous versions of FC models (most not available in the domestic market) were manufactured in many other nations under collaboration agreements with successive owners of Jeep: Willys-Overland
    , Kaiser Jeep
    , and American Motors (AMC).


    Mahindra & Mahindra Limited in Bombay Mumbai, India began its vehicle business in 1947 by assembling [8] It started FC-150 production in India in 1965 and later expanded the model range for the domestic market to include the FC-170, as well as its own intermediate sized FC-160.

    The FC-160 (and later FJ-160) uses a 93 in (240 cm) wheelbase. The pick-up box was by Mahindra and other bodies were available. The cowl and chassis only" FC-160 model was popular during the 1970 s for conversion into mini-buses ambulances, and other vehicles. Most have the basic front face of the FC. Manufacture of the Mahindra FC-160 pickup truck ended in the summer of 1999.

    The FC-260 Diesel light truck was introduced in 1975. Currently, Mahindra's FJ-460 (introduced in 1983) and FJ-470 van or mini-bus vehicles retain the grille arrangement of the original Forward Control. These vehicles can accommodate from 11 to 15 passengers plus the driver.


    The Jeep "SV" line of Forward Control vans made in Spain. Note the sedan delivery version of the van and the crew cab of the pickup.

    In the 1960 s, Kaiser-Willys licensed VIASA (Vehículos Industriales y Agrícolas, S.A.) to build Jeeps in Spain. During the late-1970 s, VIASA was absorbed by Ebro trucks (a division of Motor Iberica). The "SV" line of commercial trucks were built using a Jeep chassis, just like the FC models in the USA. The unique Iberian models included the Campeador (one-ton pickup),

    Duplex (double cab pickup), Furgon (one-ton van), and the Toledo (9-seat van). Two engines were available: the Super Hurricane in-line six or a Perkins 4-cylinder diesel

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  • The FC Connection, retrieved on September 14, 2010.