The Land Cruiser is truly becoming the next great classic 4x4. But even as they keep appreciating, few get the kind of restoration that this 1978 Toyota FJ40 did. The full build has returned its main factory specs and also given it a few subtle upgrades (like air conditioning!) So you get a classic that still has the vintage feeling, but really, it's better today than it ever was before.
This Land Cruiser turns back the clock. You can tell it has been given a comprehensive restoration where the bright blue paint has a terrific gloss to help highlight the rigid and straight body creases. And while we love these for their robust appearance, this one also has style. You see it in the way the white hardtop roof with matching white grille gives this a touch of classic two-tone. And take some time to look over all the details. The hood trim, locking anchors, tow hooks, turn signals, and all the badging is fresh and correct. It's impressive everywhere, from the clean glass to the factory wheel covers. But one theme you will see throughout this one is the look and feel of progress. There are subtle elements that take a keen eye to see, but they make a big difference. For example, this has the classic FJ stance, but the tires trade the classic skinny units for modern all-terrain tires. And the headlights are LEDs that light the way forward better.
The robust interior is part of the FJ's bulletproof attitude, but it still takes a watchful eye to get it to this level. The bright blue on the dash and doors look great with the bright metal trim. Even the shifting instructions for the 4x4 are still bolted to the glove box lid! Those double doors swing wide in the rear to allow easy access to the classic side-mounted jump seats or fold them up to swallow plenty of cargo. Like the exterior, you'll also find the right upgrades for a better driver. The front seats are now high-back buckets with wide headrests and plenty of bolstering. You still get the classic FJ feel with the thin steering wheel and the tall gearstick. But your gauges are a full new crisp package. And there's cold air conditioning to make sure you never break a sweat on the street or trail.
Toyota's trusty and torque-filled 4.2-liter inline-six is the backbone of the Land Cruiser's tough-as-nails reputation. Like the rest of this vehicle, the motor looks like there have been some nice investments while also remaining period-correct. This attitude is reinforced when you feel it fire up easily and idle smoothly. The four-speed manual transmission gives you full control over this go-anywhere machine, and the four-wheel drive system will remind you why this was the choice for so many explorers. There are even useful updates like front disc brakes and dual fuel tanks.
This FJ40 is pure nostalgia. That means it still delivers all the classic feeling that made you love this 4x4, and they even gave it the right modern touches so that the experience stays all smiles. So if you want an exceptional classic, you need this Land Cruiser. Call now!
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