The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 79
1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Friday

1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

CHASSIS NO: FJ40280356

• A rust-free example with performance upgrades
• Off-road ready with lift kit and large wheels and tires
• Clean and functional textured blue exterior
• Reportedly spent 24 years in a barn before restoration


4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, 140 HP, four-speed manual gearbox with low range and part-time AWD, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live axle, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 90


Much like the vintage Land Rover, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has a devoted following all its own. Both vehicles were developed in the early-1950s and were based on the Willys Jeep, which earned worldwide respect in WWII. When Toyota and Land Rover went head-to-head in the 1960s, Toyota won nearly every encounter in the roughest parts of the former British Empire. The short-wheelbase FJ40 was harder to kill and didnt require as much maintenance as its British counterpart. While the older Land Rovers enjoy limited use as distressed weekend showpieces, similar FJ40s can still be found on the job today as sturdy work trucks. The FJ40 also made considerable inroads into the Jeep market in the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s. The last FJ40s were imported to the U.S. in 1983. Now, even the newest FJ40s in the U.S. are 30 years old and, as survivors, they are becoming scarce.

This FJ40 is rust-free and a unique off-roader with a textured vinyl finish much like a bedliner material throughout. It has obviously been enjoyed for its off-road skills, with a slight lift kit to accommodate larger wheels and Falken Rocky Mountain radial tires, a massive front bumper, and a cargo rack on the roof and full roll cage. The body is solid, and the matte finish still looks great. Accessory rear wheel arches and step-side running boards are in place for convenience and body protection, and this is obviously a truck with exceptional off-road skills. The inline six looks very well-maintained and enjoys a reputation for impressive durability. Inside, high-back buckets and rear jump seats allow transport for four. The four-speed with Hurst shift knob mates with a two-speed transfer case for impressive four-wheel drive performance. Like most, there are a few cracks in the padded dash but, overall, its a tidy and rather spartan interior, although the previous owner did install a custom Pioneer sound system. This FJ40 is surely a most fun and unique vehicle and stands ready for its next adventure in the outback.

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