This Jeep FC150 is the Best Heritage Concept

A true American workhorse, this 1960 Jeep FC 150 concept vehicle is rich with heritage and built to tackle both challenging rocky trails and the harshness of a western cattle ranch.

1960 Jeep FC150 heritage concept

1960 Jeep FC150 heritage concept right side
Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and offers a clever packaging solution by keeping overall length to a minimum for maneuverability, but maintaining a full-length cargo box for utility.

Jeep went and shoved a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into a Wrangler. We get it, it’s powerful. But what that high-horsepower 4×4 couldn’t achieve was a level of coolness even close to the FC 150 concept Jeep.

1960 Jeep FC150 concept front end
The FC 150 concept is a genuine Jeep from 1960. At least, on the outside it is. The original steel body was plopped onto a 2005 Wrangler (TJ) frame, and given a modern 4.0-liter inline-six with a three-speed automatic transmission. Essentially a resto-mod done very, very right.

But it wasn’t as simple as copying and pasting body on frame. The TJ chassis had to be chopped to fit the smaller body. Custom fitting of the mounts was also necessary. At the end of the day, though, even after a few minor modifications, everything fell into place.

1960 Jeep FC150 rear end
The exterior still wears some original patina on the rear, which was done on purpose, of course. 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires ensure crawling capabilities like its more modern siblings, and Dana 44 axle underpins sit in the front, while Dana 60’s grace the back.

1960 Jeep FC150 concept undercarriage
Inside, things have been kept very much in original condition. Only a few modifications like vinyl seat covers, and a custom ‘duck-hunter’ themed headliner. Otherwise, the original glaring orange paint job, steering wheel, and door handles still shine.

1960 Jeep FC150 interior
So far, it’s our favorite of the Jeep Moab concepts. Who said you need to have a Hellcat to have fun?

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