ALL ORIGINAL SURVIVOR LAND CRUISER, HAS A TOP INCLUDED, ALL ORIGINAL INTERIOR
The Toyota FJ40 phenomenon is legit, and prices are skyrocketing, but we'll wager that with all the perfectly restored and resto-modded examples running around at auctions, this 100% original 1971 Land Cruiser will draw a crowd wherever it goes.
Yep, all original. An original California truck with just 58,780 original miles, it's obviously been properly maintained by just three conscientious owners. Wearing its original desert tan paint, it looks like all the other Land Cruisers you see bouncing around in old shows and movies, but the amazing thing is that it's now more than 40 years old! Super straight bodywork suggests it hasn't spent its life in the rough and since it's from the west coast, you know that rust is a non-issue. Instead, it's got that intangible feel that only good original vehicles offer, and the hobby is responding in a big way to survivors like this. The no-nonsense look of the nearly vertical windshield, contrasting white doors, and rear-mounted spare tire are all part of the FJ's charm, and it's all pretty much the way it was when it was new, a remarkable feat of preservation. You can also see that there was minimal chrome and as far as correct finishes, this one can serve as a road map for those six-figure restorations that are currently underway.
The black interior is comfortable for two and can handle up to nine if you're well-acquainted. The upholstery is also original and shows off high-quality materials that seem to defy the passage of time. The bare floors are all the proof you need that this is a California truck; they're scuffed but rust has not been able to make any progress on this well-preserved Toyota. The gauges are all functional and it features an unusual column shifter that's kind of cool in an offbeat kind of way. Sticking to the basics, there is no radio, but the heater is powerful enough to melt your shoes, and both the fold-down center seat in front and the side seats in back are in excellent shape. The original top is available, although it's in rougher shape than the rest of the truck, but reproductions are available and that won't hurt originality and will definitely improve functionality.
The 155 cubic inch inline-six isn't powerful, but what you want in the remote corners of the globe is reliability, not horsepower. With smart gearing, it feels nimble and lively around town, and in low range it'll idle over obstacles that would stop lesser vehicles. The all-original engine bay shows off careful and proper routine maintenance, with the only replacement parts being the usual: belts, hoses, battery, tires, and brakes. California living has resulted in an extremely tidy engine bay, and if you're a fan of originality, this truck has to be appealing to you. Underneath, the chassis is even more remarkable, looking only a few years old rather than four decades. It's a little grimy, but there's not much evidence that it's been beating around off-road, and once again, the maintenance it has received has ensured that it stays in top condition. Factory steel wheels carry 235/75/15 tires that may only be the second or third set it's ever worn.
With the original window sticker included, this is a remarkable survivor that is far more desirable than a restored truck. Take this one to the next FJ gathering and watch what happens; that alone will make it worth the purchase price. Call today!
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- Four Wheel Drive
- Numbers Matching
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Owner's Manual
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