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Lot 155

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

SOLD $137,500

Estimate

$65,000 - $85,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

VIN. FJ40315898

Car Highlights

One of the Finest Original FJ40s in Existence
Stored for Over Three Decades
Shows Less than 2,000 Miles
A True Time-Capsule Example of Toyota’s Venerable FJ40

Technical Specs

4,230 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Aisin Carburetor
135 BHP at 3,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Servo-Assisted Front Disc Brakes with Rear-Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Front and Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Alan Garton, Vancouver, BC (acquired new in 1980)Brian Wood, Vancouver, BC (acquired from the above in 1982)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Production of the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 series began in 1960 and continued for 24 years – a testament to its popularity and durability. Most have provided decades of faithful service and enjoyment, and many have logged hundreds of thousands of miles in all corners of the world.

From any angle, this FJ40 is special. Inside and out and top to bottom, it appears crisp and clean with virtually untouched finishes, as applied 34 years ago. In 1980, the Toyota was purchased new by Alan Garton of Vancouver, BC, who planned to use it on an expedition through Alaska with his close friend Brian Wood. Sadly before the adventure began, Mr. Garton passed away, and Mr. Wood bought his friend’s nearly new FJ40 in 1982. The truck was then placed in safe storage in Vancouver for the next three decades. Today, this FJ40 boasts a wonderfully original presentation with beige exterior and gray vinyl interior. In addition, original transfer documents, the warranty book, owner’s manual, original tools and pouch, original radio (AM), tire cover, and auxiliary light accompany the sale of the car.

This “most classic of cruisers” was described by GQ as “a plusher version of the military original.” As testimony to the series’ resilience and durability, eight out of the 105 vehicles that competed in the brutal Paris to Dakar road rally in 1980 were Land Cruisers, all of whom finished successfully. This particular example is primed and ready for a new adventure with the charm of original finishes and aesthetics paired with exceptionally low mileage and excellent overall condition.