Japan’s efforts to clone the U.S. military Jeep turned legitimate in 1950 when the American government asked Toyota to build Willys off-roaders for the Korean War.
Toyota proved adept at building a high-quality and well-engineered, but simple vehicle for military use. The automaker applied the name “Land Cruiser” to its open-top four-wheeler a few years later. By 1960, a new generation arrived—the FJ40. The lineup started with a modest open-top vehicle riding on a 90-in. wheelbase but eventually included myriad pickup, station wagon, and utility configurations powered by a variety of straight four- and six-cylinder gas and diesel engines.
The basic overview of the 70 Series is this: When the FJ40 ended production in the early 1980s, Toyota split the Land Cruiser world into two models — the 60 Series and the 70 Series. North America got the FJ60, but the 70 was considered too utilitarian for our needs, so it never came here. Now, 30 years later, it’s still on sale as the “workhorse” Land Cruiser, even as the Land Cruiser has grown more expensive and more luxurious in its other forms.
This great specification SWB 80s Land Cruiser represents fantastic value for money, not only because of its fantastic engineering but especially seeing as Land Cruisers in general, are ever becoming more and more sought after with prices on the rise.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.