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First introduced in the early 1950s, Toyota’s initial BJ series of Jeep-like body-on-frame trucks were dubbed “Land Cruisers” in 1954, became the “20” series in 1955, and the “40” series five years later. By the mid-1960s, the Land Cruiser had become the best-selling Toyota in the US, and would reach 200,000 units sold worldwide in 1972. Offered in four models on long and short wheelbases, the “El-Cee” is a proven workhorse with its rugged inline overhead-valve six, low-range transfer case, and all-surface capability. Built on the short, 90" wheelbase and stretching a bit over 152" in length, the FJ40 Hardtop weighs in at 3,427 lbs. in stock trim and can accommodate four passengers, utilizing the side-facing rear seats. Production of the FJ series ended in 1979, but examples could still be purchased into the early 1980s. Early Toyota Land Cruisers are found in virtually every country in the world and are considered an almost indestructible, go-anywhere vehicle.
Offered here is a fully restored 1970 FJ40 Two-Door Hardtop believed to have been delivered new in Texas. It is described as a single-owner vehicle and was restored to betterthan- new condition in 2011, at a cost of $100,000. The consignor states that in 2012, The British Four-Wheel Drive Company in Pompano Beach, Florida, performed further fettling because it wasn’t yet up to his desired standard. New seals were installed in the transmission, and a new steering column and rear axle were sourced. All engine parts are said to be new. All knobs are marked clearly, and all lighting and other controls were put in correct working order.
This FJ40 is finished in gray with a white removable hardtop, and although this model – designed as a work vehicle – is normally fitted with few amenities, the interior has been upgraded for occupant comfort with a vintage air-conditioning system suitable for Florida’s climate. The upholstery is chocolate brown leather, and the dash panel is covered in brown ostrich skin. There is a modern winch mounted on the front bumper, along with auxiliary fog lamps. All services are up to date, and lubricants and filters have been changed. The consignor states that this FJ40 is in excellent working order.
This Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is accompanied by an original brochure, service manual, tool kit, two sets of keys, and recent service invoices. It is a fine example of a car built for adventure and is an excellent choice for those seeking a beautifully restored limited-owner vehicle.