The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 202
1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

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1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

CHASSIS NO: FJ40296715

• Lovely restoration with excellent paint surfaces
• Vinyl bucket seat interior looks brand new
• Nicely rebuilt inline six runs smoothly and pulls strongly
• A landmark off-road vehicle that is sure to please

4.2-litre inline six-cylinder engine, 135 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, front disc and rear hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 90”

As a Japanese similarity of the famed WWII era Jeep, and with origins dating to the Korean War era, Toyota launched the FJ40 series utility vehicle in 1960 upon the request of the US Army. Official importation to the U.S. began in 1963, and within two years the FJ40 Land Cruiser was hands down the best-selling Toyota in America. Cosmetically, the FJ was essentially the same truck until it went out of production in 1983; however, it saw a gradual progression of functional improvements and upgrades over the years, shifting from being a bare-bones rock hopper to a commensurately equipped modern SUV 30 years ahead of the curve. All FJ40 Land Cruisers are two-door four-wheel drive trucks with removable hard top, doors and fold down windshield frame allowing for "open-air" driving.

This FJ has been comprehensively restored to a high level, with deep royal blue paint finishes and a contrasting white roof. The panel fit and finish is excellent, with tidy door sills and rear hatch. There is no rust evident, and the truck really stands out as a clean example. The engine bay is likewise fresh and well-finished, with the uber-reliable inline six seated proudly with all the correct factory bits in place. This truck starts readily, is a powerful off-roader, and is truly a pleasure to drive. Inside, the painted dash is beautifully restored, with nicely finished painted surfaces and floors throughout. The dash is classic, with clear gauges and controls, and the entire presentation shows the care and accuracy of the restoration process. The vinyl bucket seats are like new and give a commanding view of the road through clean, clear glass. It’s a versatile interior with jump seats and an auxilary heater in the rear compartment, but still with plenty of room for cargo.

These FJs can climb mountains, traverse rivers, and balance their way over rocky ledges, and are noted as one of the greatest off-road vehicles ever produced. Finding a clean and correct example is becoming more difficult, so look no further than this beauty.

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