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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.