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What about the FC-160?

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I had to update this page because my links I had used no longer work.  Fortunately, I found an image of a FC-160 from India (at least the Flickr page claims it is a FC-160 — feel free to correct me on this).  This picture was taken in January of this year by Vaibhav Bhosale.

“In 1965 Mahindra & Mahindra of India began assembling the Jeep FC Forward Control. Mahindra introduced its versions to include the FC-160. The FC-160 (and later FJ-160) uses a frame which is 2.33 meters in length. The FC-150s frame was 2.05 meters while the FC-170 used a frame of 2.63 meters in length. Thus, the FC-160 was an intermediate truck, marketed to supplement the FC line and the final version was only manufactured by Mahindra & Mahindra.

The pick-up box was designed and manufactured by Mahindra and there were other bodies which were available. Additionally, the base FC-160 chassis was used in the manufacture of a mini-bus which uses the basic front face of the FC. Currently, Mahindra’s FJ-460 and FJ-470 van or mini-bus vehicles still retain the appearance of the original Forward Control. These vehicles can accomodate from 11 to 15 passengers plus the driver”


Caption from flickr: One of the three Jeep models built by Mahindra & Mahindra. This vehicle was used by my school to train the students on Automobile subject. We used to play hide n seek when it got abandoned.


3 Comments on “What about the FC-160?

  1. embreechristopher

    hey I’ve seen this page before this is first website i found on FCs when I was looking for one. I read somewhere that Mahindra recieved the tooling to build the FCs in the mid 60’s but were unable to be shipped over seas to the U.S. and I believe all the demensions are the same as the U.S. but I’m not sure it something to look into though

  2. Vaibhav Bhosale

    Thanks for using my photo and linking back. I will try to get some more pictures and details once I visit India. I have seen some other old models nearby where I stay and they are still in good working condition.

  3. mmdeilers Post author

    Yes, any pictures you can take of old Jeeps or Willys would be wonderful and I will share them with readers. The are both fun to look at and instructive about the different ways Jeeps/Willys were used. Thanks!

    – Dave

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