<b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783
Lot 243
1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB
Chassis no. FJ43-24324
Engine no. F377783

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Sold for US$ 110,000 inc. premium

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<b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783 <b>1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB  </b><br />Chassis no. FJ43-24324 <br />Engine no. F377783
1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ43 LWB

Chassis no. FJ43-24324
Engine no. F377783

3,878cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
Approximately 125bhp at 3,600rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Attractive factory Rustic Green
*Striking condition and restored to factory specifications
*Photo-documented restoration
*Matching numbers example
*Well documented with original sales invoice, few owners


THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

The Toyota Land Cruiser, in its many sizes and configurations has had a long and successful history of reliable service through the most rugged of conditions. Patterned after the ubiquitous Jeep and Land Rover utility vehicles, the Land Cruiser demonstrated that Toyota could produce much more than just economical cars.

Introduced in 1960, the FJ40 and its variants remained in production for a quarter century, the kind of longevity that demonstrates true value, quality and utility. They became indispensible in unsettled and remote areas of the world, hauled safaris through Africa, developed a devoted following among America's off-road culture and have spawned a host of imitators. Toyota itself paid homage to the model in 2004 when it introduced the retro-styled FJ Cruiser to capitalize on the continuing image and popularity of the Land Cruiser some twenty years after the original's production run ended.

The Land Cruiser's popularity and utility is reflected in the number of variants in which it was built. There were in fact so many that it is probably impossible to identify all of them, but they came in short, medium, long and extra long wheelbase, with a variety of roofs, half cabs, soft tops and doors, with four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. They climb mountains, cross deserts, ford rivers, balance their way over rock falls – they are one of the archetypical utility vehicles and today finding a good vintage example can be difficult.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The original sales invoice for this Land Cruiser, a long-wheelbase FJ43 model, indicates that it was sold new through Distribuidora Toyota in Bogota, Colombia, in 1973, to a Mrs. Corzo. It traveled to Colombia early in 1972 direct from Nagoya, Japan, where it was loaded on the vessel Oversea Fruit bound for Bogota. It is a factory long-wheelbase Rustic Green example as confirmed by the sales invoice, which simply records its color as Verde.

Being an early example of the breed, the Land Cruiser is fitted with the three-speed manual transmission, while featuring many of the details found only on the earlier Land Cruisers such as the early style steering wheel and mirrors. Accordingly, it is an "all manual" truck with no power options. It remains just as its manufacturer originally intended.

Corzo apparently kept her FJ43 for several decades, using it as a transport vehicle for her dairy business. A file of maintenance papers as well as registration tax documents kept by the first and second owners show how meticulous both seemed to be. It is understood that the FJ43 was not acquired by its second owner until 2002; this owner would keep the car near the dry climate of Bogota for many more years before it was acquired by the vendor.

The vendor immediately embarked on an extensive, photo-documented restoration performed by his own FJ specialist shop, The FJ Company, to ensure that this is one of the finest Land Cruisers available. The body and chassis were sandblasted, the chassis powder-coated, while the engine was completely rebuilt. New manual-locking AVM hubs were added, while the clutch assembly is new. The braking system and suspension were rebuilt to original specifications, while the wiring harness was completely gone through as well.

Fitted with a correct reproduction tan soft top, the FJ43 provides protection from the elements. New upholstery to the original 1972 Toyota patterns was installed while the rest of the interior was refreshed. Invoices for most of the major parts used in the restoration are included in the car's history file.

These long-wheelbase Land Cruiser FJs, not well-known in the US, were prized elsewhere around the world for their increased interior space, and much-improved ride over its short-wheelbase FJ40 sibling. Presented stunningly in its original color and with a fresh, factory-correct restoration to original specifications, this FJ43 is a striking vintage Toyota, with room for plenty of friends to go hit the road.

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