1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1978
  • Mileage 
    4 200 km / 2 610 mi
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    FJ40270639
  • Engine number 
    2F246930
  • Lot number 
    424
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Green
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

UK-registered, right-hand drive, beautifully finished to a very high standard, a very cool usable classicFull body-off refurbishment, painted in its original colours, complete engine overhaul and described as on-the-buttonSmooth 4.2-litrestraight-six, sevenseats (threeup front and fourin the rear) all refinished in factory-correct black leatheretteTotally at homerounding sheep in the Highlands or parked with the rose-gold Bentleys in KnightsbridgeThe FJ40 was in production from 1960 to 1984, and all the way up to 2001 in Brazil. It was Toyotas best-selling model in the United States between 1961 and 1965, an easy accomplishment seeing as it was the only new Toyota sold in the U.S. during those years. The F in FJ refers to the Type F engine and the J stands for Jeep, meaning the more generic WWII-borne use of that term and not the brand Jeep currently owned by Fiat Chrysler. The 40 refers to the displacement of the inline-six engine and the Land Cruiser name was conceived in 1954 by Toyota technical director Hanji Umehara who said: I had to come up with a name for our car that would not sound less dignified than those of our competitors. That is why I decided to call it Land Cruiser, in The Story of Land Cruiser from a 1985 Toyko 4 x 4 Magazine.Some people rove the land, some people cruise it, no wrong way to go as far as Im concerned.Delivered new to Bali, Indonesia, this 1978 model year FJ40 would enjoy the kind climate until being imported into the UK. Here it received a full body-off refurbishment, however, pleasingly retaining some of its originality. The body was removed and re-finished in original pale green paint (Bermuda Green), the chassis and running gear weredismantled, checked and reassembled and the engine was also broken down with all components replaced if necessary and rebuilt. The interior trim was refinished in the original factory black leatherette.The entire project was then reassembled andthe result, as you can see, is just beautiful. Some of theoriginal featureshavebeen preserved including the rocker cover in the engine compartment and the 4x4 instructions on the dashboard, which retaina lovely patina.These are charismatic vehicles and remain popular amongst collectors and this is an excellentopportunity with the cost ofrestoration to this standard being considerably in excess of the very sensible guide suggested here.In our vendor's words;"This is a very useable classic, it would work as perfectly on a croft in Scotland rounding up sheep as it would parked next to the rose-gold Bentleys of Knightsbridge, showing a classless presence in whatever surroundings".