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Lot 50

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1967 Toyota FJ45LV Land Cruiser

SOLD $154,000

Estimate

$120,000 - $160,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

FJ4526110

Engine

F237818

Car Highlights

Meticulously Restored to Exceptional Original Standards
Five-Year Project Using NOS and Handmade Parts
One of Only 1,000 Imported to the US from 1963 to 1967
Among the Rarest of All the FJ Series
Coachbuilt LV Wagon Body by Gifu

Technical Specs

3,900 CC F-Series Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
125 BHP at 3,600 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front and Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Favored by collectors for its unique look and rugged construction, the beloved FJ Land Cruiser remains legendary for reliability and durability, even by modern standards. Made for decades in a range of models, the LV wagon configuration was hand built for Toyota by outside coachbuilder Gifu Auto Body Industry in Japan. A total of 5,000 were built, about 1,000 of which were left-hand drive. Rare and desirable, few remain today; fewer still are in such superb restored condition.

Automotive writer and restoration expert Colin Comer purchased this FJ45LV in 2009. A five-year, 3,000-hour, no-expense-spared journey of excellence ensued, with Mr. Comer doggedly pursuing ultra-rare NOS components, materials, and exact finishes to restore this amazing FJ to the highest standards. The effort included restoring the specialized, hand-formed Gifu body and purchasing donor cars specifically for their original fasteners, hardware, lighting, emblems, decals, and original trim. For longevity, the frame and several engine components were powder- or ceramic-coated. The engine was balanced and blueprinted, and rebuilt with modern seals and gaskets, while each mechanical and electrical component was redone to exacting standards. The hand-rubbed paint was even wet-sanded on the underside of the fenders.

Lovingly and fanatically completed by experts seeking to create a new standard in Land Cruiser restoration, this exceptional FJ45LV must be regarded as one of the very finest restored examples in existence. Your critical inspection is encouraged.