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After the US Government commissioned Toyota to build 100 Willys Jeeps to fight in the Korean War, the Japanese developed their own prototype and, in 1953, the immediately popular Toyota Jeep BJ went into production. By 1960, the newly styled 40-series Land Cruiser was launched with engine options and an upgraded chassis. The Land Cruiser remained in production for 24 years – testifying to the popularity and stalwart reliability of the marque.
This 1977 FJ40 hardtop example is a fabulous ambassador of the model. The restoration firm Woodys, Wagens & Classic Cruisers in Sheridan, Wyoming, purchased the Land Cruiser from the family of the original owner and completed a full restoration in 2013. The Land Cruiser was finished in brilliant red with a classic white hardtop and gray painted wheels – believed to be the original color scheme. The gray interior is correct and the Land Cruiser remains largely factory stock with a few subtle improvements, such as an OME suspension kit, stainless steel exhaust, and seat belts fitted for all passengers. After work was completed, it was acquired by its third and current owner.
Accompanied by documentation and photographic history, this striking FJ40 Land Cruiser is both highly collectible and ready for its next odyssey.