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1957-1965 Jeep

1962-1965 Jeep

Four interesting M-series military applications appeared around 1962. The M-676 was a pickup similar to a standard FC, M-677 was a four-door crew-cab pick­up, M-678 was a window van, and M-679 was an ambulance with a closed van-type body. Motive power included the Willys six or a three-cylinder Cerlist diesel engine. Most were purchased by the Navy and Marine Corps.

Beginning in 1964, the FC-170 DRW was offered only in cab-and-chassis form. Not that it mattered very much; the FC was nearing the end of the line in America. With the debut of all-new Jeep Glad­i­a­tor trucks in 1963, Jeep buyers had a more modern (and prettier) alternative to the FC series. Then, too, FCs never caught on with casual users the way that more mainstream trucks did. Forward Con­trols were seen as purely work trucks. A farmer might buy a Ford F-Series pickup for hauling supplies during the week, then use it to take the wife out to dinner on Saturday. But it wasn't that way with FCs. They were purchased mainly for heavy jobs.

Domestic FC production ceased by the end of 1964. Some 1965 models may have been produced before the end, or the occasional 1965 model one hears of nowadays might simply have been a leftover 1964 that was sold during the following year. Either way, it wasn't the end of the Forward Control trucks.

In March 1965, the company reported that Mahin­dra & Mahindra, a Jeep licensee in India, had purchased tooling, dies, and equipment to manufacture trucks. Although the type of truck wasn't specified, it seems likely that what Mahin­dra bought was the FC tooling. What is certain is that Mahindra produced FC trucks into the Nineties, including a 160 model on a 92-inch wheel­base. (Even today the firm catalogs a minibus with grille clearly meant to resemble the FC.) So although the Jeep Forward Control wasn't a big hit in its native land, it eventually did find fame and fortune overseas.

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