LAND ROVER 101 FOR­WARD CON­TROL

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Like Jeep, Land Rover once built a for­ward-con­trol ve­hi­cle, called the 101 FC. Un­like Jeep’s FC-150, though, it was never made avail­able to the pub­lic. In­stead, it was a ve­hi­cle cre­ated ex­pressly for the Bri­tish Army. The mil­i­tary ap­par­ently needed what it called a ‘gun trac­tor’; a ve­hi­cle that could tow a L118 field gun and carry 100kgs of am­mu­ni­tion. De­vel­op­ment started in 1967, and pro­duc­tion took place be­tween 1972 and 1978. But, while pro­duc­tion was rel­a­tively brief, the 101s that were built continued to do duty for a very long time. The re­main­ing Land Rover FC ve­hi­cles were fi­nally de­com­mis­sioned in the late-1990s. The 101 FC was pow­ered by a 3.5-litre Rover V8.

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