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The Toyota Land Cruiser and the Land Rover have battled for off-road supremacy worldwide since the 1960s. The Land Cruiser’s ruggedness means they often remain steadily employed, though many of them are not in as fine condition as this vehicle.
The original FJ20 of 1951 was intended as a rural Japanese police vehicle, but the FJ40 gained popularity worldwide over the ensuing 20 years, and 300,000 had been sold by 1973. Known as the Bandeirante in Brazil and the Macho in Venezuela, its engine closely resembled Chevrolet’s seemingly indestructible six-cylinder. The last FJ40s were sold in the US in 1983.
This FJ40 was formerly in the stable of Texas collector and well-known Toyota dealer Don Davis. Mr. Davis, who had a healthy respect for the FJ40, commissioned a concours-quality restoration of this 1966 model. It was restored mechanically and cosmetically, with all proper decals, finishes, and accessories, and an accurate convertible top, with zippers, buttons, and latches.
This amazing FJ40 has recently been carefully garaged in one of the preeminent Southern California car collections, enjoying dutiful maintenance and service to ensure this Land Cruiser remains an off-roading classic that is ready to be enjoyed.