This is the Bring a Trailer edition that you have all been waiting for! Well, not really but, it is going to be a fun one. Today, we are going to be talking about the 1957 Willy’s Jeep FC-170. For those that are not aware, the FC-170 is a pickup truck version of the famous Willy’s Jeep. In this article, we are going to go over what makes the FC-170 so great and why I chose to write a whole article about this Willy’s Jeep!
Firstly, we are going to start this one off by just going over the basic specs. This is because, as you may be able to tell from glancing at the picture, the engine is not exactly exciting. However, since it is a review I think that it is worth mentioning the engine for those of you who always search for the engine specs. So now, let’s start with specs and then we will move on into the other sections from there!
This strange looking little Jeep pickup truck actually may have a bit bigger of an engine than you may expect. While, again, it is not a sports car by any means, it surprised me to learn that it had a six-cylinder engine. Specifically, it is powered by a 226ci Super Hurricane inline-6 that connects to a manual three-speed transmission. The truck is certainly not fast but the engine gives it enough power to be drivable on the road.
The previous owner also refurbished the vehicle in 2020. This means that the paint has been redone along with the interior. Most importantly though, the engine was also refurbished so you can expect to drive this without too many problems. Now, let’s talk about why anyone would buy this truck and why I think it’s cool!
Why its Cool!
There are two main things about this Jeep that appeal to me and make it so cool. The first is that this is old. However, I don’t mean that in a bad way. Rather, I mean that this is old enough to where it was deigned after the original Willy’s Jeep and it was sold under the Willy’s Jeep name! It is becoming increasing difficult to find original Jeeps that were sold as Willy’s Jeeps. This makes it immediately cooler and makes me want to put a bid on it right now!
The name Willy’s Jeep holds a lot more than just a simple name because of the ties it has to the military, to America, and to the second World War. It has been argued that the Willy’s Jeep was one of the winning factors for the allies in the second World War. This just makes it so much cooler and the fact that this 1957 Jeep holds the same name is truly awesome!
The second thing that makes this jeep so cool to me is the way that it look. When most people think of a pickup truck, they think about a Ford or a Chevy. They think about trucks that have a big front cab with an equal size bed in the back. However, this vehicle is mostly bed! The cab is smaller and you sit over the engine, which allows for quite a bit of storage in the back. This truck was originally imagined as a farm truck, and this design makes it perfect for work on the farm.
To add to its utilitarian nature, the inside of the vehicle is almost completely barebones and you don’t have to worry about getting anything dirty. The inside is full of exposed bodywork, which makes it cool looking and easier to clean. To add to that, you get a steering wheel, a single dial that counts speed and rpm, and a shifter. However, the coolest thing about this jeep has got to be the original slat grill!
Overall, I think that this is one of the coolest Jeeps I have seen in a while. I guess that is why I was so motivated to write about it! It really has a special feel and offers some great traits. This truck would be perfect as a farm truck or as a vintage vehicle for weekend drives to the cars and coffee. If you want to check out more about this great listing, you can do so by clicking the link here: Bring a Trailer.
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