The world has moved on from the forward-control (FC) 4x4, largely because this sort of set-up turns the driver into a makeshift airbag/crumple zone for the rear-mounted engine. But, while they were around, they sure were cool. Here are five awesome FC 4x4s.
Speed kills... especially when you’re sitting 15cm from the windscreen and are protected by nothing more than a thin piece of metal caressing your knees. A few decades ago, back when people generally had a more laissez-faire approach to safety and seatbelts were seen as superfluous; forward control (FC) vehicles had a strong following. These days, though, they are practically extinct. Regulations have made passenger/ leisure vehicles with this sort of set-up just about impossible to create. In fact, the only area where these vehicles survived until fairly recently was in commercial applications where high speed was unlikely, if not impossible. Yet, there is something very cool about an old-school FC 4×4. Sure, they weren’t the safest vehicles around, but they suggested a no-frills-nofuss approach to vehicle design that was admirable. You often wondered if a designer was involved at all. Here are five FC 4×4s that prove words like ‘functional’ and ‘fussfree’ don’t automatically mean ‘uncool’.