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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Jeep FC Fans to Celebrate 60 Years of the Uber-Capable Oddity

Posted May 16, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto jeep Truck Utility

Ditch digger. Hay hauler. Plow pusher. Tow truck. Fire fighter. Street sweeper. Like its brethren Jeeps, the Forward Control series of Jeeps filled an almost endless variety of civilian and military roles. Unlike the more recognizable off-roaders, the FCs appeal to a narrower group of enthusiasts who will congregate this summer to celebrate the workhorse’s 60th anniversary.

Despite the existence of a pickup truck in the mid-1950s Jeep lineup, designer Brooks Stevens believed the company would benefit from a second, more compact pickup, just as capable but better able to navigate city streets. As it happened, with sales of both Kaiser and Willys automobiles in the United States winding down, Kaiser-Willys engineers had been searching for new uses for the company’s Jeep lineup and thus new variations, according to Pat Foster’s book, “The Story of Jeep.”

An unusual, multipurpose Jeep turns 60, and plenty of people remembered.


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