RE: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40: Spotted

RE: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40: Spotted

Thursday 13th September

Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40: Spotted

Want a retro go-anywhere 4x4 that looks the business and isn't a Defender? We have just the car

You’re an image-conscious motorist wanting a retro SUV that looks as natural parked up outside a Kensington town house as it does straddling the mud lanes of the Amazonian rainforest. What do you go for? A Land Rover Defender? Too predictable. A Mk1 Range Rover? Hmm, try harder. What about a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40? That’s more like it…

The short-wheelbase two-door model might not yet have a global following to match those vintage Land Rovers just yet, but, for many people, this Land Cruiser variant has long been the go-to off-road vehicle of choice. The reason is simple: the FJ40 is, as it was when it first launched in 1960, an all-terrain vehicle in its purest form.


Ok sure, on paper it doesn’t exactly stand out amongst the crowd. The FJ40 uses a body-on-frame design and features an interior designed with function rather than form in mind, so it has almost nothing in the way of mod cons and even requires its rear passengers to sit at a right angle to the direction of travel. It also came available in both all-wheel drive and rear-drive forms, which means some examples weren’t even proper 4x4s.

What helps to provide the FJ40 an advantage over the Defender et al are a selection of torquey engines, which include six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that give the Japanese SUV performance to make our much-loved Landy look wheezy. We’re not talking about straight-line pace here, of course, but rather grunt to drive you up mountain dunes. Or torque to keep up momentum through flowing river water. Or power to tug that beached Series II out of the mud with the front-mounted winch. Ehem.

It’s probably fair to assume that a larger percentage of surviving FJ40s (of which more than 300,000 were built) have been used in these mucky scenarios than Defenders, what with so many examples of the latter now living in cities. However, with global appreciation for the FJ40 growing as every day passes, models like the freshly restored car you see here will surely crop up on the classifieds more regularly.

This car – based in Australia – has been returned to completely original speciation, with the body finished in desert camouflage Dune Beige and the roof painted in Cygnus White to help reflect the searing heat from an Aussie sun. It has a winch on the front and uses a six-cylinder petrol engine, which at least means that the car won’t pull away with plumes of black smoke pouring out of its exhaust like old school diesel alternatives.

No price is given by the seller, but given that another restored FJ40 Land Cruiser is up for  $51,500 in the US, we’re probably looking at a price that equates to a fair chunk more than £30,000 – which is a little more than fully restored Land Rover money. But for a buyer Down Under this could represent one heck of a cool alternative to the retro SUV everyone else expects you to buy.


Engine: 4,200cc, straight-six

Transmission: four-speed manual, all-wheel drive

Power (hp): 135

Torque (lb ft): 210

MPG: Not much

CO2: Many

First registered: 1978

Recorded mileage: 630 (post restoration)

Price new: N/A

Yours for: Have a guess?

See the full ad here.



Original Poster:

1,158 posts

136 months

Thursday 13th September
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If anyone on here wants to buy it, can I volunteer to go collect it please?


130 posts

180 months

Thursday 13th September
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Fantastic cars, I remember these being seen almost daily when I lived in New Zealand.


192 posts

40 months

Thursday 13th September
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The article states the price isn't mentioned in the ad and suggests we have a guess. I haven't looked at the ad (just in case the price is shown somewhere) but will guess the price will be it will ridiculously high. Let's say £60K?

Edit: I've now looked at the ad and the seller's website and nearly everything is POA so I'll up my guess to £80K. Do I win the car if I'm right?


16 posts

169 months

Friday 14th September
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A bit like one of mine....


464 posts

86 months

Saturday 15th September
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RED_P47 said:
A bit like one of mine....

Very nice


3,241 posts

160 months

Saturday 15th September
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Really cool. Want.


23,076 posts

214 months

Saturday 15th September
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I would replace that steel winch cable with Dyneema.


216 posts

24 months

Sunday 16th September
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Another car on my wish list that is going up quicker than I can save up for one. Nissan Patrol of the same era is worth a look too, some say their 4L straight 6 is better, but I think you'll struggle to distinguish between the 2 cars. 80 onwards models are usually a better option, so I hear, for things like 4 speed boxes, front disc brakes etc.

May well be posting up a pic of mine soon, but it won't be one at that price for sure.


156 posts

142 months

Wednesday 19th September
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Love these. Got old Hiluxes outside the house currently, and nearly added an old tatty one of these with a Mustang 5.0 retrofitted to it last year, bu seller changed his mind. Still thinking it might happen at some point.


3,658 posts

150 months

Thursday 20th September
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Gorgeous thing, looks like it would be just as comfortable in a museum as it would in the outback too (in a good way).