The original FJ20 introduced in 1951 was intended as a rural Japanese police vehicle, but the improved FJ40 spread worldwide over the next 20 years, and 300,000 units were sold by 1973. It was built as the Bandeirante in Brazil and the Macho in Venezuela. Power came from an engine that closely resembled Chevrolet’s indestructible six-cylinder. The last FJ40s were sold in the US in 1983, but its successor, the tough-as-nails FJ70 Series, is still available in other parts of the world.
The FJ40 offered here was restored while in the collection of Texas collector Don Davis. He loved performance models, but as a Toyota dealer he had a healthy respect for the FJ40. Davis directed a concours-quality restoration of this 1966 model, which showed 6,381 miles at the time. It was restored mechanically and cosmetically, with all proper decals, finishes, and accessories being applied. Upgrades include a fitted convertible top, two sets of doors, one set being open-air tubular style, a front-mounted Warn winch, roll bar, and an attractive set of alloy wheels to complete the package. More recently, the current caretaker has used the FJ40 sparingly while maintaining its lovely finishes. This striking Toyota is accompanied by an owner’s manual and spare tire.
This tough off-roader would be welcome at any concours for which it is eligible, but the next owner may be tempted to go on an overland adventure instead.