The Toyota Land Cruiser, and its British rival - the Land Rover, was developed in the early 1950s and based on the Willys M38 Jeep. Both the Toyota and the Land Rover had a devoted following. In the 1960s, both of these companies went head-to-head, and Toyota won nearly ever encounter in the roughest parts of the former British Empire. The FJ 40, with its short-wheelbase, was generally sturdier and did not require as much maintenance as its British counterpart. They had a low-range transmission and their diesel-engined variants were quite prolific. In total, around 300,000 FJ 40s were sold by 1973.
This 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 40 is powered by an overhead valve six-cylinder engine displacing 235 cubic-inches and offering 125 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission with low range and part-time AWD. At all four-corners are hydraulic drums.
This example is a one-owner car and has been treated to a professional restoration with costs that exceeded $100,000. The odometer displays 32,000 miles.
In 2012, this FJ40 was offered for sale at RM Auction's Scottsdale, AZ event. It was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $77,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.