It’s a dry heat: ’74 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
We are big fans of the FJ40 as it is a viable alternative to the bulldog Land Rover. We come across many of these in restored, customized, modified and junk condition but when we see a solid original, we can’t help ourselves. If you start with a good base like this New Mexico car, you can enjoy it now and decide how far you want to take it going forward. The seller says the interior needs a refresh or at least a good vacuuming. These are easy to do because there isn’t much interior trim besides door panels, mats and seats. Perhaps you’ll want to leave it like Ralph Lauren left his ranch Jeep – with tons of patina? We had the pleasure of owning an FJ very close in condition to this one. Now these aren’t lots of fun on today’s highways although with enough fortitude you could do it. It is best around town, along a forest trail or on the beach. If it becomes a beach cruiser or in fact, if it sees regular use, take all known rust preventative precautions. Replacement parts are available and modified suspension and brake parts can be had in any price range from scores of sellers. Old Man Emu from down in OZ, makes some of the sturdiest upgrades. The asking price isn’t cheap at $27,000 but if the seller’s description is accurate, it might be worth a look. Click here for the listing.