Photos of interesting vehicles: Land Rover 101 FC Forward Control
A ex military vehicle spotted in East Sussex
Ok, this is not exactly a car and isn't in amazing condition, but it's still a very interesting vehicle and thought it deserved to be on my website. So what is it? This is a mid 1970’s Land Rover 101FC, the FC being short for Forward Control. This vehicle has a 101 inch wheelbase, which is why it has the 101 name, but is also nicknamed a Land Rover One Tonne, as it could carry a tonne of ammunition and equipment. The registration number for this interesting vehicle is SWP399P. This military vehicle was originally designed by a team led by the late Norman Busby to tow the L118 light gun and it’s ammunition. Other versions have been used as ambulances, radio communication trucks, transporting of missile launchers etc.
I spotted this classic Land Rover 101 outside Planters on the A21, London Rd, Hurst Green, Etchingham TN19 7QS. I had never noticed it there before, but I have only been a few times, so I presume it’s just a customer’s car that was parked outside? If this is your vehicle then I hope you like the photos, maybe one day I will get to photograph it again. If this Land Rover 101 belongs to you then feel free to use these photographs for anything you want, this site is entirely non profit so the photos are purely here for information and entertainment purposes.
The P reg number plate means that this vehicle was registered somewhere between the 1st of August 1975 and the 31st of July 1976. Which means this military vehicle is nearly as old as me (I was born in 1974).