1. 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

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Lot Number
65
1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000
CHASSIS NO: FJ40269532
• Toyota’s original off-road icon
• Very fun, rare four-wheel drive
• Extensively restored to factory specifications
• Only 1,100 miles since restoration
• Brilliant addition to any eclectic car collection

4.2-litre OHV inline six-cylinder rated at 135 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with single-acting hydraulic tubular-type shock absorbers, full-floating front axle and semi-floating rear axle with hypoid drive, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 90”


When the Imperial Japanese Army occupied the Philippines in 1941, several American Jeeps were found and promptly sent back to Japan for reverse engineering. By 1942, the AK10, a predecessor to the FJ series, was born. In 1950, with the beginning of the Korean War, the United States government mandated the Toyota factory in Japan to produce a vehicle matched to Willys Jeep specifications. The resulting Toyota “Jeep” BJ was an instant hit, with 100 ordered for the U.S. Army and even more ordered for use as the official patrol vehicle of the Japanese National Police. In 1954, a trademark issue was brought up by the Willys Corporation, resulting in Toyota’s dropping of the “Jeep” moniker and the adoption of the name Land Cruiser. Since then, the Toyota Land Cruiser, in various sizes and configurations has enjoyed a successful history of dependable service, effectively taking on the most rugged of conditions, both on and off road. Patterned after one of the most versatile military vehicles of all time, the Land Cruiser demonstrated that Toyota was capable of producing much more than just economy cars.

Introduced in 1960, the FJ40 and its variants remained in production for a quarter century. This kind of longevity in a particular brand demonstrates true value, quality and efficacy. These machines became a necessity in underdeveloped and remote areas of the world, hauled hunters on safaris through Africa, and developed a dedicated following with America's off-road culture. Toyota recognized the reputation of the model in 2004 when it introduced the retro-styled FJ Cruiser to capitalize on the enduring popularity of the Land Cruiser brand some twenty years after original production ceased.

The 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser offered here is an outstanding example of this most iconic off-road vehicle. Featuring just a hint of comfort in a package that’s more than ready for off-road action, this FJ40 was the subject of a complete rebuild with only 1,100 miles accrued since. The combination of fresh glossy red paint and a brand-new dual window khaki removable top add to the already dramatic appearance of this Land Cruiser. It rides on a set of Goodyear Super Campera tires with the stock dove gray rims for a look that maintains the basic factory originality of this truck. The interior was completely reupholstered, including the bucket seats up front and jump seats in the rear. Power comes from a 135 horsepower 4.2-litre inline six that has just the right torque for off-road control. Additionally, power steering ensures the driver will have ultimate control of this Land Cruiser be it on the highway or in a woodland trail. Altogether, this truck is the result of a professionally done restoration; the Land Cruiser appears as if it has just driven out of a 1978 Toyota sales brochure boasting of its four-wheel drive aptitudes. With many of these rare 4WD models having long since lost their showroom shine, it is refreshing to see one in such good condition today. Driving in a vintage Land Cruiser is certain to draw a lot of attention from onlookers, who always will appreciate it with a sense of approval. This truck is certainly a crowd pleaser, and it is also very proficient when the road traveled turns into an impassable path that would be given up on by lesser vehicles.

With such a large number of variants being built, there is no doubting the popularity of the Toyota Land Cruiser. These trucks came in a short, medium, long and extra-long wheelbase, with a variety of roofs, half cabs, soft tops and doors, with four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. They can easily climb mountains, effortlessly cross deserts, traverse rivers, and balance their way over rocky ledges. These trucks are noted among the greatest of utility vehicles and finding a good vintage example such as this 1978 Toyota FJ Land Cruiser can be daunting - but look no further than the example offered here.

1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
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