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1966 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

  • Four-speed manual gearbox with high and low transfer case
  • Garaged for 45 years; Body-off-the-frame restoration completed just six months ago
  • Flawless tan interior with new Dakota instrument panel

VIN: FJ4042434

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The timeless appeal of the Toyota FJ40 begins with solid design, effective styling, and highly reliable mechanical components. Introduced in the U.S. in 1960, by 1963 it was already Toyota's highest selling U.S. model, and remained in production until the mid '80s. Designed as a rugged farmhand in the beginning, the model has survived for decades largely unchanged and is a testament to their off-road capability right from conception.

Legend has it that the Japanese military forces in the Philippines during World War II found an abandoned American military Jeep and began to develop their own version. Inspired by the Jeep and the British Land Rover, once Japan's post-war industry had settled back down around 1951, the newly termed Land Cruiser was brought to market.

This is a fully restored and highly sought-after FJ40 Land Cruiser which will make any off-road enthusiast take notice. The overall condition is immaculate after a body-off restoration that was finished in 2023, starting with a solid example that had been garage stored for 45 years. The frame was sandblasted and powder coated, with all-new Fox Performance series shocks with a four-inch lift installed, a new Saginaw power steering box, and Tom Woods drive lines in place, ensuring that this fine Land Cruiser will perform and handle even better than new and the underside remains as clean as you will find anywhere.

An upgraded 4BBL Terminator fuel-injected crate 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine, with a mild Crower roller rocker cam and a Griffin aluminum radiator with electric fan, is the power used for this amazing FJ. The drivetrain was also upgraded to a four-speed manual gearbox with a high and low gear transfer case. With power steering and new Wilwood power disc brakes, new fine-spline axles with lockers, and a new stainless steel exhaust, you can be confident this FJ will ride even better than new - because it is all new - with significant mechanical upgrades.

The body work, as well as the Toyota red paint with clear coat, are both remarkable, showing excellent panel gaps and obvious professional results, all completed within the last six months. The original trim and chrome were removed and refreshed and looks great. The bumpers are both custom, with a new winch in front just in case. The original white hardtop is also clean and straight. Riding on Fuel aluminum wheels and new Cooper Discoverer STT Pro 35x12.5/R20 tires, this beautiful FJ is ready for shows, rock-crawling, and everything in between.

The original floor has been powdercoated and sealed, and the vinyl bucket seats, and rear bench are also freshly restored, with a new roll bar in place. All gauges and lighting were replaced, and with the new Dakota instrument panel, you can be assured that everything looks great and is highly functional. There is a new steering column and tilt steering wheel, and even the hard top roof has been carpeted inside. The paint inside is just as well done as the exterior finishes, and the option list is extensive, with power steering, power disc brakes, fog lights, tinted windows, and a new clock and tachometer. The interior is nothing short of spectacular, with excellent finishes and a sharp attention to detail.

This true frame-off rotisserie FJ will surely be of interest and value to collectors for many years to come. An obvious choice for shows, touring, or even rock climbing, it is a readily enjoyable classic that will never go out of style and values keep climbing.


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