• Country of Origin – Japan
• Body Style – Utility Vehicle
• Engine – 6 Cylinder 3800cc; 4 Speed Manual
• Right Hand Drive
• One of the most successful models by Toyota
• Japanese answer to the Jeep and the Land Rover
• Early example of the rare and highly coveted Mid-wheelbase 43 model
• With Unique canvas doors, canvas top, and rear barn doors
• Presented in Mustard Yellow with beige interiors and top
Much like the vintage Land Rover, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a devoted following of its own. Both vehicles were developed in the early-1950s and were inspired by the Willys M38 Jeep, which earned worldwide respect in WWII. An iconic name in the history of off-road vehicles, Toyota’s Land Cruiser evolved from a vehicle designed to fulfill an order by the US military during the Korean War in 1951. The first civilian version was the second generation 20 series, which gave way to the now classic 40 series – third generation, in 1960. With numerous improvements designed to give the Land Cruiser a broader appeal and more versatility, so much so that it remained in production for an astonishing 51 years.
The Land Cruiser, unlike its British counterpart did not require as much maintenance. Resolutely utilitarian in nature, even the official Toyota UK website says that: “The simple pressedsteel body panels were essentially there to stop the outside coming in”.
Sold with a four-cylinder diesel (BJ) or six-cylinder petrol (FJ) engines, the Land Cruiser proved hugely popular in the United States and many other export markets, including Australia.
Variants included the short-wheelbase J40, mid-size J43 and long-wheelbase J45, with the rarest being the FJ43 for auction here.
This early Toyota FJ43 Land Cruiser is a good example of the iconic 4×4, which has been restored to a good standard. Presented in the Classic Mustard Yellow with Beige upholstery, it was prepared for off-road use by the present owner, but never used for the purpose. It has the original 6 Cylinder Petrol engine, manual transmission and four-wheel drive. It comes with a foldable canvas roof, removable canvas doors and split opening ‘barn doors’. This handsome example of a Japanese classic is ready to be taken off-road by the new owner. Extremely rare, collectible and highly sought after, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Note: Side mounted lights missing from the front fenders, are on order, and will be provided to the new owner