Bid on This Classic 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Right Now
The Toyota Land Cruiser dates back to 1951, when the first examples were produced for use by US military police and soldiers stationed in Japan. Originally named the BJ Toyota Jeep, this vehicle was designed to directly compete with the iconic Jeep Wrangler. The FJ40 Land Cruiser first appeared in 1960, and production ran right through until 1984. These vehicles are a hot commodity among classic car collectors, and Sotheby’s auction house is currently getting ready to auction off a pristine 1978 model with absolutely no reserve.
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The ’78 FJ40 Land Cruiser up for auction is motivated by a 135-horsepower 4.2-liter overhead-valve six-cylinder engine, which is mated to a four-speed manual transmission and capable of 210 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm. The vehicle offers part-time all-wheel-drive, front and rear live-axle suspension, and hydraulic front-disc and rear-drum brakes.
This FJ40 Land Cruiser has been meticulously restored to its original condition, down to the factory-correct shade of Beige with white roof and black vinyl interior. The consignor has over 350 pictures documenting the restoration from start to finish, which will be presented upon request. The top bidder in this auction will be receiving a piece of automotive history, as well as a unique vehicle perfectly capable of being driven day-to-day.
While the FJ40 Land Cruiser is being offered without reserve, there is no doubt that there will be much interest in this vintage off-roader, and perhaps even a bidding war between antique car collectors.
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