Lot 56

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1983 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

SOLD $60,500


$100,000 - $125,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

One of 350 FJ40s Brought to the US in Its Final Year of Importation
One of Only 12 1983 FJ40s Outfitted with High-Altitude Package
Recent Professional Frame-Off Restoration
Believed to be One of 50 with Air-Conditioning and Power Steering
Considered the Holy Grail of Land Cruisers

Technical Specs

4,228 CC OHV 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Aisin Carburetor
135 BHP at 3,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox, 2-Speed Transfer Case, 4-Wheel Drive
Servo-Assisted Front Disc Brakes, Rear Hydraulic Brakes
Front and Rear Live Axles with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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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.