VERY CLEAN FJ40, NEWER REPAINT, MOSTLY ALL ORIGINAL, 4.2L INLINE 6, 4 SPEED
Go anywhere in the uncivilized world and you'll likely find that the only vehicles that'll get you where you want to go are Toyota Land Cruisers, also known as the FJ. As rugged as a block of iron, as agile as a mountain goat, and with Toyota's unparalleled reputation for reliability, it's no wonder these trucks are chosen to handle the jobs that no other vehicle wants to tackle. Machines like this 1981 FJ40 Land Cruiser are quickly becoming highly-sought collectables in their own right, with values all over the map, but one thing is for certain: they aren't getting cheaper.
This is a later FJ, making it one of the more desirable models on the scale which encompasses an awful lot of trucks. The design is pretty much the same one that was in production for decades, but as a suburban commuter that hasn't lived anyplace harsh, it's a lot nicer than most. It's been recently repainted using a nice medium blue with traditional white trim and top and therefore looks quite correct and brighter than the usual drab greens and tans you see on the old safari shows. The slab-sided bodywork is in excellent shape and was carefully finished during the repaint, and with all those right angles and flat surfaces, you can bet there was a lot of time involved. A big brush guard on the front also houses a heavy-duty Warn winch and that off-road look is reinforced by the rear-mounted spare tire and barn-style doors that give it a very functional look.
Black vinyl buckets in front and neat folding seats in the rear area are pure Serengeti chic and it appears that much of it is original. Being a later model means more comfortable seats for the driver and passenger and a modicum of creature comforts, but the tough-as-nails demeanor of the Land Cruiser comes through loud and clear. All the gauges are functional and given that this truck was designed to be used all over the world, the secondary controls are intuitive and quite basic. There was no radio originally, but a modern AM/FM/CD head unit has been stashed in the glove box so you have something to listen to without spoiling the rugged good looks. There's also a center console that adds some secure storage and a nicely fitted rubber mat that can be hosed out after a day in the brush. The rear cargo area is quite spacious for either gear or passengers and with all those windows, it's bright and airy inside.
Toyota's legendary 4.2-liter inline-six provides power, driving all four wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission and 2-speed transfer case. Lots of guys modify them, but the trucks that command big dollars are those that stick to the factory recipe and therefore offer the most reliability. It's very clean under the hood, suggesting a life on the pavement rather than the trails, and all the factory equipment is intact save for a set of exhaust headers that add a few horsepower. The chassis is quite original and further reinforces the idea that this truck has had an easy life and all the stock equipment is in place; no lift kits, no oversized springs, and no questionable mods. The shiny chrome wheels are a nice upgrade and with big 31x10.50-15 Michelin radials, it rides quite nicely.
A recent article in one of the big magazines pointed out that values on these trucks are skyrocketing, with six-figure FJs becoming more frequent. Will this one ever be that valuable? Who knows, but it is certain that you'll always find friends when you're out driving it. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Four Wheel Drive
- Front Disc Brakes
- Numbers Matching
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Exterior Color
- Light Metallic Blue
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