Two FC 170s at the 2014 SEMA Show doesn’t constitute a trend, or do they? When was the last time you even saw one of these? Have you ever even seen one at all? The “FC” in the name stands for “forward control”, which is just another word for cab-forward. Meant for commercial use, the FC came from the factory with the low bed as seen here. These unusual four-wheel drive Jeeps were produced from 1956 to 1965, but the Brooks Stevens-designed Jeep sold only 30,000 units in nine years. Not exactly Jeep’s bestseller. Still, seeing two at the SEMA show constitutes a trend if you’re into “Gyro-Torque” JEEP FC’s.
The Daystar Products FC with the Mattracks is powered by a late Hemi, and was put together by the employees of Daystar. It’s at the extreme side of FC building. On the other side is the Crown reproduction parts sublime FC, which is your typical, restored FC, if you can say that for one that is restored to the level Crown’s is.
In going through the SEMA Show this year and coming upon these two oddities in the world of cars and trucks leaves you wondering how two vehicles like the FC can find their way to the same aftermarket show in Las Vegas in 2014.