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Thursday 19th April 2012

Spotted: Toyota Land Cruiser camper

Is this the ultimate go-anywhere Land Cruiser?



I have a slightly weird confession to make: I have a borderline-unhealthy interest in the end of the world. I'm not talking End of Days religious fanaticism, mind, I just think there's a curious romanticism to the end of civilisation as we know it and - more to the point - the struggle for survival afterwards.

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).


It's also the reason that I am always excited by so-called 'expeditionised' camping vehicles. 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.


Inside, there's most of the home comforts you could want or need, including a microwave, a fridge/freezer (on a runner), a sink, a chemical toilet. And a pop-up sleeping accommodation area. Fuelling my weird apocalyptic fantasies, the vendor suggests that he and his wife picked this option rather than a roof tent as 'essentially we like the idea of being able to jump into the driving seat without having to get outside the vehicle.'

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
MPG: N/A 
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: 60,000
Yours for: £35,000





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flatline84

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Bring on the zombie apocalypse I say!

EDLT

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£35,000?!

hornetrider

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That is fking awesome.

flatline84

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EDLT said:
£35,000?!
Probably far less than what they have put into it.

Garlick

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£35k isn't bad for the work involved and spec. Cost a lot more to build something similar I'd say
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MagicalTrevor

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I think you're leaving yourself vulnerable to zombie/mutant bandit attack through the canvas tent sides. If you get baddies that can climb then they'll easily get in that way.

flatline84

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The car itself is starting to command a premium. There is an (un hehe)healthy interest brewing when it comes to the big old landcruisers such as this one and the 100.

flatline84

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MagicalTrevor said:
I think you're leaving yourself vulnerable to zombie/mutant bandit attack through the canvas tent sides. If you get baddies that can climb then they'll easily get in that way.
Bulletproof windows and welded bars would be next on my to-do list!

School boy

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I want one of these Land Cruisers. 4.2 Diesel Auto 80 Series. Supposedly the most reliable vehicle ever built. They just cost loads.

This one looks automatic to me, the manual leaver next to it being diff lock and so on?

Edited by School boy on Thursday 19th April 12:23

flatline84

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School boy said:
I want one of these Land Cruisers. 4.2 Diesel Auto 80 Series. Supposedly the most reliable vehicle ever built. They just cost loads.

This one looks automatic to me, the manual leaver next to it being diff lock and so on?

Edited by School boy on Thursday 19th April 12:23
Yeah they are bloody expensive even with tour-retour to the moon mileage.
The same can be said for the 100 series which came in 1998 no? with the 4.2 diesel or 4.5 V8?

AWG

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I know these motors are bombproof in the Kalihari!!! But that is a lot of money even if it has got solar panels!

Simes110

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These 80's Series LC's are massively expensive here, and justifiably so. Its looks, road presence and reliability are really appealing.

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.

FWDRacer

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Needs Guns. Automatics preferably.

Lightningman

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MagicalTrevor said:
I think you're leaving yourself vulnerable to zombie/mutant bandit attack through the canvas tent sides. If you get baddies that can climb then they'll easily get in that way.
I'd agree.

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 wink

(Great vehicle and something you'd love to have parked in the barn just for the hell of it!)

The Obeast

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I reckon a super mutant from fallout would kick this landcruisers backsidehehe

Sivraj

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Wow that looks like so much fun!...
Wonder why they've cancelled there trip.
Looking at the vehicle they were obviously very serious about it?

vit4

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Euromillions garage. Just in case hehe

TheHeretic

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hornetrider said:
That is fking awesome.
I have amended my list to Santa.

Cotty

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"I have a slightly weird confession to make: I have a borderline-unhealthy interest in the end of the world".

Well you are obviously not alone, just have a YouTube search for "bug out", there are bags, vehicles etc should the world end tomorrow.

VidalBaboon

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