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Lot 066: Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Long famed as one of the toughest vehicles in the world, the Toyota Land Cruiser has been in continuous production since 1951, growing bigger and more luxurious with each passing year. The J40 Series was in production from 1961 to 1984 in a variety of body styles and with a range of petrol and diesel engines. All were immensely rugged vehicles that saw service with military forces the world over and in harsh environments such as coal mines and Australian outback ranches where reliability was paramount.

This particular FJ40 dates from 1978 and was imported to the UK from America by Toyota GB in 1996 (quite why is not clear, but a useful result is that it comes with an encyclopedic Toyota factory workshop manual). The current vendor acquired the vehicle about 18 months ago after a long search to find a rust-free example  this one had come from the dry state of California and was Ziebarted from new.

It was bought with the aim of taking it on an overland trip to and around North Africa. Preparations included a full mechanical overhaul, including engine and gearbox, plus a retrimmed interior. The engine is the top-of-the-range 4.2-litre petrol unit that produces 135bhp and 210 lb/ft of torque.

Unfortunately a change of plans meant that the trip was never made and the vehicle is now surplus to requirements. Said to be in excellent condition throughout, it is MOTd until December and taxed until July and is due to be driven some 100 miles to the sale. These are immensely tough and practical vehicles and this exceptionally well-preserved left-hand drive example undoubtedly has decades of useful life ahead of it.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number066
Estimate£7000-£9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1978
Condition rating0
Registration numberBHJ 377S
Mileage-
Chassis numberFJ40281289
Engine numberZF280117
Engine capacity (cc)4260
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors