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Toyota is not only a car manufacturer, it is also a town in Japan. The town existed with another name before the company, but was renamed as an homage to one of the nation’s rebuilding forces in the 1950s. No vehicle represents this culture of reinvention better than the quintessentially Japanese take on the American Jeep – the Toyota Land Cruiser.
This Land Cruiser – finished in a mustard yellow so popular in the 1970s – was originally purchased at SPK Toyota in Hayward, California, during summer 1976 and was one of the first FJ40 Land Cruisers to benefit from front-wheel disc brakes. The second owner set about a thorough restoration, with components being either reconditioned or replaced by Toyota parts. The 2F motor was rebuilt and sports a correct smog-compliant carburetor. Work was completed in 2013, before the FJ40 was acquired by its third – and current – owner. Of particular note, the Land Cruiser retains an original AM radio, glove box inspection light, tool kit, and jack, and is accompanied by a document file, that includes a handbook, predelivery inspection form, warranty, and ID cards. An enduring favorite, this FJ40 is sure to please any collector seeking an example benefiting from limited and attentive ownership.