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*Please note that the chassis number printed in the catalogue for this vehicle incorrectly includes an extra 0; the chassis number is FJ4083696.
At the behest of the US Army, Toyota created the BJ Series in 1951 to be used in Japan as an all-terrain, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle by troops and military police. By 1960, the Series 40 was developed, and within a few years, it became Toyota’s best-selling model stateside.
An unrestored example of the iconic Toyota model, this delightful FJ40 was manufactured in May 1970, and sold new to a resident of Texas and Utah, who, like many American enthusiasts, replaced the truck’s original straight-six engine with a domestic V-8 engine, in this case a GM Targetmaster 350. Driven sparingly, the Land Cruiser remained in the hands of the original owner until his death. The current owner, a prominent Southern California collector with a passion for highly original, low-mileage vehicles, recently acquired the Land Cruiser from the grandson of its first owner.
Displaying less than 14,500 miles at the time of cataloguing, and reported by the consignor to still wear its original and gently faded pale blue finish, the Toyota has been sympathetically refurbished only as needed. Today, it possesses an authentically rugged character perfectly complemented by an eclectic array of service and club stickers. This distinctive two-owner, V-8-powered FJ40 Land Cruiser presents an excellent opportunity for future 4 x 4 adventures with an enduring icon.