The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the few 4-wheel drive trucks coveted by collectors. Patterned after the Jeep and Land Rover 4-wheelers, the Land Cruiser proved that Toyota could produce a tough multi-purpose platform and not just econoboxes. In production for a quarter century, the FJ became the “go to” vehicle in remote areas of the world. In standard form, they are capable of climbing mountains, crossing deserts, and, well, doing just about the impossible. Read More
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The FJ55 was a 4-door station wagon version based on the FJ40 drive-train, replacing the 4-Door FJ45V. It is commonly referred to as an “Iron Pig.” The FJ55 was designed to be sold in North America and Australia. All Iron Pigs were 2-tone in color. Most added a 3rd color and that is rust. We are huge Cruiser fans and love the slightly archaic look of the Pig.
We tried to find a suitable candidate before we bought our 1st Cruiser – an FJ60. But every one we found had major issues mostly related to disappearing body and blasted interior. And then we stumbled across this one and it is one of the best (from the photos) we have ever seen. Read More
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? Read More
We are huge fans of the FJ40 having owned one in recent history. They are robust and very capable off-roaders and just the devil on the highway. This one looks like one of the nicest examples restored to original condition.
We thought we would contrast the classy, original Land Rover Series 2A in original condition with a challenger. In this case the challenger is a fully restored Toyota FJ40. This is a very nicely kitted example in a great color for a Cruiser. It has a hi-lift jack, shovel and roof rack plus a host of suspension upgrades. Read More
This model was the first Land Cruiser we owned and it was a good ride. They are virtually indestructible and very capable off-road. Mind you there isn’t one computer on this Cruiser yet it still manages to claw its way out of every bog you go through. Read More
You don’t know why you want this but you do. Sounds like a country western song about a horse. The HJ45 is kin to the perennial favorite Cruiser the FJ40. We don’t see them often here because they were not imported by Toyota. So this truck came from somewhere else and in this case that place is Central America. It looks ready to do battle with anything. Read More
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. This one has exited from long-term storage and made road worthy again by the seller. Read More
The FJ55 was a 4-door station wagon version based on the FJ40 drive-train, replacing the 4-Door FJ45V. It is commonly referred to as an “Iron Pig.” The FJ55 was designed to be sold in North America and Australia. All Iron Pigs were 2-tone in color. Most added a 3rd color and that is rust. We are huge Cruiser fans and love the slightly archaic look of the Pig. Read More
Toyota’s version of a Jeep-like vehicle started production in 1954. The Land Cruiser’s reliability and longevity has led to huge popularity, especially in OZ (Australia) where it is the best-selling body-on-frame, four-wheel drive vehicle and considered to be one of the toughest 4X4s operating in environments with extreme temperature and rough terrain. Read More
Okay, so what does Locked mean? In Land Cruiser World it means it is equipped with front & rear differential lockers. This is an expensive option but essential if you plan on going anywhere that isn’t paved. This is our personal daily driver. We have it listed on eBay right now, so if you are in the market or know of someone who wants a turnkey classic SUV, send them to the auction. They will thank you for it. Buy It Now is $14,000. Oh, by the way, Tarzan is his name. You never change a Land Cruiser’s name. Visit the eBay auction by clicking here.
If you are tired of us saying how much we love a particular car, stop reading (although you’ll miss something cool). We are avid Toyota Land Cruiser fans and we are on our third version – the FJ80. One of our all time favorites is the Jeep-like FJ-40. They are rough and tumble bulldogs. In the darkest corners of the world and some say the most beautiful, the Land Cruiser has usurped the Land Rover as the vehicle of choice. In Oz for example, there is a huge following for the Cruiser with some of the stoutest aftermarket parts emanating from there. Hagerty has recognized the surge in vintage SUVs too. Read More
These trucks are extremely popular and almost impossible to kill. We’ve posted it here because we think like minded car enthusiasts will probably find it interesting. It is probably one of the best FJ80 Cruisers available anywhere. Therefore it fits the criteria for a post on Mint. And since it is ours, we can do what we want. Insert smiley face emoticon here. We are offering for sale our 1993 Land Cruiser in exceptional condition. Read More
We pledge our undying admiration of the Japanese interpretation of our venerable JEEP. The FJ40 is an indestructible bulldog of a truck. Indestructible if they are cared for properly. Like any car, if you can find one that hasn’t been apart and is in great original condition, give it some serious thought. One can debate whether you buy a car with a solid body and weak mechanicals or the other way around. We like to get it both ways and that is what we believe we have here – a solid, unmolested, 51,000 mile FJ and in a nice minty green. Now those 51,000 miles could have been spent crossing the Rubicon or plowing a gas station, but we think that is not the case here. It probably has the 3.8 liter F engine with 105 horse but it could be the 125 horse version too. So check it out. Just look at the photos on our site and journey over to the listing for more. It is the real deal. See it here on eBay.