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The Audrain Concours Auction / 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Chassis no. FJ40L-VKA-UND-40017 Engine no. 2F-477945

Lot 104
1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
30 September 2022, 16:00 EDT
Newport, Rhode Island, International Tennis Hall of Fame

Lot to be sold without reserve

US$40,000 - US$50,000

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1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Chassis no. FJ40L-VKA-UND-40017
Engine no. 2F-477945

4,230cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
135bhp at 3,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Well equipped and nicely prepared example
*Finished in striking bright blue over Grey Interior
*Great candidate for the Copperstate Overland Off-Road Rally
*Iconic 4-Wheeler of impressive quality


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 indispensable 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.


This 1981 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is powered by its original 6-cylinder engine, which is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The subject of a recent, frame-off restoration, this FJ40 features many different features that make it very capable off-road. Outfitted with new ARB Old Man Emu leaf spring suspension and rolling on 15-inch black steel wheel shod in new 31x10.5x15 BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires with manual locking hubs on the front axle, the package makes for a comfortable ride when moving on down the road or mountainside. Up front is a simple black bumper that holds a Warn winch as well as a couple of rectangular LED lights while on the driver's side is a red trail jack. The red accents well with the painted red Toyota logo on the grille as well as the red Warn logo on the winch. Other features include modern, round LED headlights to light up the trail and a roof rack, to accentuate the off-road nature of this vehicle, that features the words "FJ40" and "Toyota" painted in red.

The undercarriage of this vehicle is quite clean and seems to show no visible rust. Moving to the back one can find the spare tire carrier and the pull up hatchback style door that is typically found on many earlier FJ40's. These doors open to the rear cargo area which houses two foldable bench seats that sit opposite to each other and still feature the wrapping from when the seats were restored. Up front are two bucket seats, which have also been restored. Sitting in between the seats are the gear shifter, transfer case shifter, parking brake, cup holders, and center console. To ease parking and hitching up a trailer, a reverse camera has been installed. Ahead of the driver is a full assortment of gauges from which to command the vessel. The odometer, which reads a bit over 114,000 miles, sits snug within the speedometer.

This 1981 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is a clean example that is outfitted with both classic and modern amenities allowing this vehicle to get out of situations many other trucks would struggle to get into.

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