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
Not too much to say about this find sent in to us from Big Peter S. out there in California land. The seller says you shouldn’t bid on this if you are a shy person because you will be inundated with onlookers whenever you go out for a drive. We’ve never seen one of these mainly because we have never been to Japan but it is a very useful tool to have around. 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
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.
We’ve owned an FJ 40, FJ 60 and currently own an FJZ 80 and all of them have been the source of great joy. No, they aren’t particularly fun to drive – unless you get it off the pavement. That is where you feel invincible. And you can fix these things (if they ever need to) in your sleep. We talk about patina and this FJ has plenty. Coincidentally, it has about as much patina as the example we owned. Like its American competition, the JEEP CJ, the top and doors can be removed to add an additional thrill to your commute. You can buy a Tribute to the FJ from Icon for a bit north of $100 grand or you can snap this one up for $10,000. On Craigslist.