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The Toyota Land Cruiser began as a Japanese police vehicle in 1951 and spread worldwide over the next 20 years. Once the short-wheelbase FJ40 gained a low-range transfer case in 1960, and then a four-speed gearbox, it proved a capable machine even in the harshest conditions. The FJ40 was tough and required little maintenance, with an engine that closely resembled Chevrolet’s seemingly indestructible six-cylinder.
This FJ40 is one of the very last sold in America in 1983, when Toyota replaced the Land Cruiser with an SUV-type vehicle. This rugged FJ40 is heavily optioned, with air-conditioning, power steering, power front disc brakes, and the very rare high-altitude package.
This FJ40 indicates only 47,650 miles from new and recently received a frame-off restoration. The consignor states that mechanical systems were carefully dismantled and evaluated, and component parts rebuilt or replaced as required. The body was stripped and repainted in the correct Dune Beige, a new gray interior fitted, all electrical systems tested and renewed as necessary, and rubber seals were replaced.
The result is a rare and sparkling Land Cruiser that is one of the best surviving examples. It could spend its days as an object of admiration if it isn’t put to work, but the Great Outdoors beckons an adventurous new owner.