Spotted: Toyota Land Cruiser camper
Is this the ultimate go-anywhere Land Cruiser?
You know the sort of thing: You against the world, fighting for your very existence, making things afresh and against all odds. It's probably a macho thing. It's certainly the reason I am reading 'The Mammoth Book of the End of the World' (a real title - I kid you not).
Last timeit was a Unimog that got me going, but this Land Cruiser, spotted by Mr Garlick, is possibly even cooler. And probably a better vehicle with which to see through the aftermath of nuclear war/the eruption of a super-volcano/the outbreak of a deadly virus that decimates the world's population (delete disasters as desired).
How so? Well, unlike the Unimog, in a Land Cruiser you've got at least half a chance of cruising at more than 50mph, which could be crucial in order to escape those mutant bandits, while there is more than enough off-road ability in the mix, too. Especially with the addition of: a water-to-air intercooler, An extra gearbox cooler, heavy-duty front bumper with a 12,000 lb. winch, Goodridge BFG MT 285/75R16 all-terrain tyres, rock sills, a sump guard, custom stainless steel exhaust, two fog lamps, four flood lights, two rear lights and snorkel. Oh, and two sand/bridging ladders.
The 'Cruiser was originally built to be driven from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Horn, but is for sale as the couple who own it say they can no longer make their planned trip. But their loss could be your gain. Especially if the world does come to an end on 21st December 2012...
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
Engine: 4,164cc staight-six turbodiesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual or four-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 167@3,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 280@1,400rpm
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: 60,000
Yours for: £35,000
This one looks automatic to me, the manual leaver next to it being diff lock and so on?
The same can be said for the 100 series which came in 1998 no? with the 4.2 diesel or 4.5 V8?
The funny thing is that in Australia (where secondhand car prices are a lot higher than UK prices in my experience), they're cheaper.
Still, I covet one quite a bit, but I'll be sticking with my 300Tdi 110 for the forseeable future.
These people are fooling themselves.
Drunk chavs looking for a free kebab could easily infiltrate this 'expedition' vehicle! Just imagine what a hoard of flesh craving undead could do.
If they were serious, they'd have fitted rocket and grenade launchers, gun hatches and automated maching gun turrets
(Great vehicle and something you'd love to have parked in the barn just for the hell of it!)