1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072

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Lot 159
Under 40,000 original miles
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

Sold for US$ 35,200 inc. premium
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

Chassis no. FJ40-264950
Engine no. 2F-342072

4,230cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
135bhp at 3,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc Brakes – Rear Drum Brakes


*Toyota's off-road icon
*Under 40,000 original miles
*Lifelong California FJ from the dry Central Valley
*One of the best color combinations for the model
*Photo-documented eight-month restoration to factory specs



THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

The Toyota Land Cruiser, in its many sizes and configurations, has a long and successful history of reliable service in the most rugged 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.

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

Introduced in 1960, the FJ40 series and its variants remained in production for a quarter century, the kind of longevity that demonstrates true value and quality. 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 its 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 MOTORCAR OFFERED

This FJ40 is understood to have lived in the dry climate of California's Central Valley for most of its life. Presented in its original and very fitting shade of Mustard Yellow over grey upholstery, the vendor advises us that the original owner kept the truck for the first fifteen years of its life, adding a mere 39,000 miles. It was then sold to another Central Valley resident, who intended to clean it up but instead let it sit for some two decades.

Acquired by the consignor in recent years, the decision was made to take the very dry and solid FJ40 down to the frame for a comprehensive restoration. The body was removed and no rust whatsoever was discovered – a testament to its California dry storage. There was also no obvious evidence of any prior accident damage or repair work – it was simply an untouched original FJ that had remarkably survived the ravages of time unscathed.

The FJ40 was mechanically gone through as needed, though the 39,000 mile engine – as you would naturally expect – is said to drive like it should, with plenty of power. The 4-speed gearbox shifts easily. The brakes were serviced and brake and fuel lines replaced, while new rubber components were replaced as needed. A paint job in its factory Mustard Yellow and new interior components (as needed) have returned the FJ to its factory showroom appearance. All in all, this eight-month restoration process has been documented via more than 200 photos attesting to the level of detail lavished upon it.

A close inspection of this FJ reveals a true survivor that has been carefully returned to its original glory. Interesting features such as the original AM radio remain intact. Also notable is the period-correct Warn Winch up front, a very desirable feature, while the unobtainable Toyota floor mat, which appears to be the original, serves as a testament to the FJ's low original mileage. Offered with its original tool set, three original jacks, and the aforementioned restoration photos, this FJ40 will please the most discerning vintage off-road enthusiasts.

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1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40  Chassis no. FJ40-264950 Engine no. 2F-342072
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