This SUV was completely rebuilt from top to bottom including its correct 135 bhp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low-range and part-time all-wheel drive, front and rear live-axle suspension, and hydraulic front-disc and rear-drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in.
Correct 2F engine and transmission
BRAND NEW VINTAGE AIR!
Frame-off restoration just completed 11/2017
Rebuilt with NOS Toyota parts where possible
Finished in Highly Desirable John Deere Green
Correct Soft Top
Upgraded off road tires
Over 5 months to complete
From its humble beginnings as a rural police vehicle in Japan, the Toyota FJ40’s reputation has spread worldwide. When Toyota and Land Rover went head to head in the 1960s, Toyota prevailed in the roughest and toughest parts of the world, as the short-wheelbase FJ40 required less maintenance than its British counterpart.
Not surprisingly, collectors have recognized the value of Toyota’s back-country workhorse, and their enthusiasm is reflected in rising prices. Exceptional FJ40s can command as much as the most sophisticated modern 4X4s, with the certain knowledge that they are as tough, and far easier to repair. While some Land Rovers enjoy limited use as weekend showpieces, FJ40s are still doing the job for which they were designed.
The FJ40 also made considerable inroads into the Jeep market in the U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s, prized for the excellent factory hardtop, not offered by their American counterpart. The last FJ40s were imported to the U.S. in 1983, when it was replaced by a softer Land Cruiser SUV aimed at suburban travel. Toyota shifted its barebones focus to the rest of the world, and the FJ40 was built in Brazil (as the Bandeirante) and in Venezuela (as the Macho), while Australia still gets the updated 70 series for Outback use.
The FJ40 on offer has enjoyed single-family ownership in Colombia, where it was used as a city vehicle and for occasional trips to rural farms. It was restored by respected marque specialists whose owners have a lifetime’s experience with FJ40s. The concours-quality restoration was fully documented and photographed. The frame was powder-coated, and two coats of urethane sealed the chassis and floors. Two coats of anti-corrosive primer preceded multiple coats of the original Mustard Yellow paint, with the top of the factory open top finished in its correct form. The seats were upholstered in the correct grey material. The wiring harness was replaced, along with all fuse blocks and relays, and the gauges were refinished.
The 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, and four-wheel-drive system were systematically rebuilt, using Toyota OEM parts wherever possible. .
This FJ40 is certain to be a hit on the show fields though would be equally at home if put to work. The lure of the Great Outdoors will always beckon an adventurous owner who knows that their Land Cruiser continues to exceed all expectations.
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Location: Carrollton, Texas, United States