Between 1975 and 1978، Land Rover built 2669 examples of the 101 Forward Control truck for the British Ministry of Defense. Powered by a 3.5-liter Rover V-8، the 101 has four-wheel drive، a vacuum-operated differential lock، 12- and 24-volt electric systems، and enough towing capacity for artillery cannons، as the Car News said.
When the British replaced their 101 fleet with Defender-based Land Rover Wolfs and Pinzgauers، private citizens made sure to save as many 101s as they could، since it would be hard to find a better camper and emergency response vehicle. At the same time، Land Rover converted 31 examples of the 101 to be City Cabs for the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd. Once onboard، the seating position feels weird at first، mostly because the steering column is almost vertical and the four-speed gearbox is tilted forwards، so the shifter is pointing straight ahead instead of upwards. Other than that، it's as simple as it gets، all you need to remember is to steer later because you're sitting on top of the front wheels instead of behind them. Despite its size and Firestone's military-spec sand tires، the 101 feels just as light on its feet as any old Land Rover. It might be made of slightly thicker metal all around، but that 3.5 V-8 has more than enough torque to get it through an obstacle، especially when the truck is empty. If you pull the magic switch after you already pushed the red lever forward to get into low ratio، a light on the dash informs you that the inter-axle differential is locked. That makes your job even easier، but with a minimum ground clearance of 10 inches at the axles and super short overhangs at both ends، there's no chance of getting into trouble. To disengage the lock، you still need to drive in reverse a bit to let things slide apart. Because it's a Land Rover.