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In recent conversations with well known author and automotive historian Jim Allen, I have been able to acquire some missing FC production numbers.  Although the complete Forward Control Jeep production history is still an estimate because of missing figures from the early Kaiser Motors years, it looks like 1961, 1962, and most of 1963 have been confirmed.  Danny Hartling’s Forward Control Jeep site had the most up to date documentation on FC production figures.  Unfortunately Danny’s site was taken down in 2008.  Major thanks go out to Dan Horenberger for finding a web site called “Way Back Machine” that has taken a snapshot of the Forward Control Jeep site circa 2006 and most of the historical information has been saved.  Check out the link below for the list of production figures from Danny Hartling’s site.  Remember this is a snapshot from 2006 and has not been updated since.  I will provide new production information on this page.  Please feel free to contact me on any information that can be used to supplement this page.

 Danny Hartling's FC Production Number Page

(UPDATE 11/09)

The charts below show monthly production figures for the FC-150, FC-170, & FC-170 DRW 3-speed models from January 1960 thru June 1963.  I have also included Model Year figures from Danny's site so you could cross reference VIN numbers.  Generally, Model Years ended in August of the year produced.  I'm unclear what the "Final Old" or "Face Lift" numbers refer to.  Any ideas?  Definitely more investigating needs to be done.
 

 CALENDAR & YEARLY PRODUCTION FIGURES

MODEL FC-150

BEGINNING & ENDING MODEL YEAR SERIAL NUMBERS FOR FC-150

MODEL YEAR 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
BEGINNING NUMBER *65548-XXXXX 10,001 16,636 18,706 21,755 23,679 24,977 25,697 XX,XXX XX,XXX
ENDING NUMBER        *65548-XXXXX 16,635 18,705 21,754 23,678 24,976 25,696 XX,XXX XX,XXX XX,XXX

These monthly figures below are based on Calendar year production

    January  February March    April    May      June     July      August   September October  November December
#65548 1960 22,520 22,717 22,925 23,197 23,466 23,534 23,618 23,679 23,744 23,811 23,872 23,954
Jeep FC-150 1961 24,081 24,288 24,539 24,727 24,804 24,889 24,941 24,977 25,012 25,050 25,112 25,175
Final Old 23,297    1962   25,230 25,335 25,443 25,540 25,552 25,566 25,585 25,697 25,642 25,668 25,745 25,828
Face Lift 23,401 1963 25,861 25,885 25,910 25,927 25,959 25,981            


MODEL FC-170
 

YEAR INTRODUCED 1957 APRIL
YEAR PHASED OUT 1965 MARCH
ACCUM. MODEL PROD. 16,585 UNITS

 

  1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
TOTAL FC-170 PRODUCTION INC. DRW MODELS 3816 1859 2783 2578 2233 1486 0702 1119 0009
ENGINE: 6-230             0685*    
ENGINE: CERLIST DIESEL             0017*    

* - Although these numbers are listed in the charts I have received, I have yet to see one of these configurations.

BEGINNING & ENDING MODEL YEAR SERIAL NUMBERS FOR FC-170

MODEL YEAR 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
BEGINNING NUMBER #61568-XXXXX 10,001 13,102 14,621 17,094 19,600 21,647 23,137 XX,XXX XX,XXX
ENDING NUMBER        #61568-XXXXX 13,101 14,620 17,094 19,599 21,646 23,136 XX,XXX XX,XXX XX,XXX

These monthly figures below are based on Calendar year production
 

    January  February  March    April     May      June       July        August   September October   November December
#61568 1960   18,038 18,244 18,475 18,820 19,089 19,276 19,448 19,600 19,737 19,939 20,034 20,168
Jeep FC-170 1961 20,313 20,501 20,632 20,840 21,109 21,354 21,422 21,647 21,753 21,947 22,121 22,211
Final Old  18,968   1962 22,289 22,430 22,668 22,860 22,932 22,996 23,077 23,136 23,271 23,374 23,434 23,558
Face Lift  19,001 1963 23,618 23,676 23,737 23,761 23,789, 23,816            

 

BEGINNING & ENDING MODEL YEAR SERIAL NUMBERS FOR FC-170 DRW 3-SPD.

MODEL YEAR 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
BEGINNING NUMBER  #61568-13-XX,XXX         10,580 10,704 10,854    
ENDING NUMBER         #61568-13-XX,XXX       10,579 10,703 10,853      

These monthly figures below are based on Calendar year production

    January  February April    March    May      June     July     August   September October  November  December 
#61568-13 1960 10,440 10,462 10,481 10,486 10,505 10,551 10,579 10,580 10,587 10,602 10,608 10,616
Jeep FC-170 DRW 1961 10,620 10,625 10,635 10,647 10,668 10,677 10,686 10,704 10,710 10,737 10,757 10,761
Final Old 10,492 1962 10,770 10,781 10,791 10,804 10,810 10,814 10,824 10,835 10,854 10,870 10,884 10,895
Face Lift  10,901 1963 10,901 10,914 10,924 10,935 10,940 10,951