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1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

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£18,020

  • Mileage~43,299 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.8L
  • LocationWitney, Oxfordshire

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1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

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Introduction

Glyn Parry
Professional Consigner

The FJ40 Land Cruiser is arguably the ultimate 20th century 4x4 by so many standards.

The FJ40 was produced by Toyota between '60 to '84 and all the way up to '01 in Brazil. It was Toyota's best-selling model in the states between 1961-1964 and by 1965 global production had reached 50,000 units.

The truck was available in hardtop, soft top, station wagon or pickup form. With the 'F' standing for the Type F engine and the J standing for Jeep. The '40' refers to the displacement of the inline-six engine, in '65 Toyota's technical director, Hanji Umehara decided to call the truck the 'Land Cruiser'. The Land Cruiser quickly solidified the brand's reputation for building strong, reliable vehicles.

The FJ40 was a big step up from the predecessor, the 'J20' with its new low range sub gear that improved acceleration and performance on rough roads. A movement of the 2-speed transfer and 3-speed shift lever made room for a third person to sit up front, along with folding jump seats fitted in the rear for more cargo/passenger room.

This example has been imported to the UK from Ireland in 2014, and was given extensive restoration - it's simply gorgeous and ready for its next off-road adventure.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting James the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I love the shape and toughness of these cars - I've thoroughly enjoyed my ownership but now it's time to find a new home.

James purchased this lovely FJ40 Land Cruiser in Ireland and then imported it to the UK where he re-registered the vehicle. It appears that the car was originally red, and has been restored to an excellent factory colour available in 1973, and is now ready for its next adventure.

Over his ownership, James has covered under ~500 miles, so he'd like to see the car being used and enjoyed - he'll be happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

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Exterior

Everything about the FJ40 is fit for purpose, straightforward, and built to last finished in a period safari coloured beige.

Wheels and Tyres

The car is finished in mean-looking black alloys all around, with the front wheels fitted with locking hubs which will convert the car to 2WD, saving some fuel on longer journeys.

The car is fitted with Michelin LTX M/S rubber which is dated 1994, and appears to have a great amount of tread, with only the slightest signs of cracking. The rear offside wheel is fitted with Michelin Radial XCH4 and dated 1990. The car also comes with a full-size spare for good measure which also has a Michelin LTX M/S tyre installed.

Bodywork

The bodywork appears in great condition throughout, and as you would expect for a recent restoration. The panels appear very straight with the gaps and shut lines looking good, especially for a '70's truck.

When getting really close to the bodywork, we noticed a few signs of age around the wheel arches, some early signs of surface corrosion around the rear tailgate, and some minor marks around the bonnet catches.

The underside appears solid throughout which can be seen in the mechanical photos.

Paint

The coverage of the new beige paint is very good and finished to a very high level with a deep shine and lustre across each panel. We really like the colour, giving this SWB 4x4 a safari type look and feel.

Te colour is from the 1973 palette that was available, we believe the car may have been originally red due to some paint near the bolts, but the current colour certainly suits the car.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the car.

Glass and Trim

The car's headlights and indicators appear very clean and clear throughout, we suspect they would have been replaced with new parts during the restoration. The front windscreen looks in excellent condition along with the newly installed Beestop Softtop cover.

All the window rubbers and seals appear tight with no signs of excessive wear or degrading.

Interior

A utilitarian interior - hardwearing vinyl seats are the only soft thing in this iconic 4X4.

Seats and Carpets

Along with the exterior, the seats have also been given the attention they deserve. The seats appear in excellent condition with very little signs of use since the restoration. James went to great lengths to re-upholster the seats in as close a colour and material match as it would have left the factory.

The car's interior is very basic and utilitarian - it is fitted with rubber mats throughout.

We have captured high-resolution photos and videos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior.

Dashboard

The original dashboard is fitted with its basic speedo, controls and knobs. James reports that all the gauges and switches work to his knowledge, bar the fuel and oil gauges - these will require a little attention.

A Blaupunkt Bluetooth radio with a plastic cover has been fitted, which appears flush and sleek amongst the other dashboard controls.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic three-spoke steering wheel puts you in full control of the FJ40, which appears in great condition, and showing little signs of use.

The transfer level appears good, as with the gear stick. The Gearstick knob is showing signs of wear and age and would benefit from a new face.

Mechanics

The FJ40 is tough enough to handle the harshest of conditions powered by its mighty 3.8-litre F I6 engine.

Engine and Gearbox

The Land Cruiser quickly solidified the brand's reputation for building strong, reliable vehicles with its straight-six 3.8L powering this tough 4x4.

The car started first time in 'cold start' which we conducted for the mechanical video - watch this along with a review of the engine bay and underside.

Suspension and Brakes

Maintenance on the brakes and suspension has been carried out, James tells us, ensuring that everything works as expected, and the front brakes have been upgraded to discs.

The FJ40 offers impressive off-road ability, load capacity, handling, and ride comfort, hence the popularity of the 4x4 worldwide.

The Drive

James reports driving an FJ40 is a unique experience, one that'll make you smile whenever you decided to travel on your next adventure. It's fun to look at but driving one will take your appreciation to a new level.

Electrics and Other

James has gone the extra mile and decided to fit a power steering system for ease of maneuvering around any corner. The car also features a tow hook and a Blaupunkt Stereo System.

History and Paperwork

Tough, reliable, and adventurous are the core qualities of an FJ40 and that's why it'll always be a desirable icon.

James has owned this very attractive and practical FJ40 for the last 7 years, covering just under ~500 miles over his ownership. It has no previous UK owners and comes with a host of receipts from parts and work carried out.

James will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below. He's let us know that he has kept many of the original parts that were changed during the restoration, and these will be made available to the buyer. With the exception of the front brake upgrade and power steering, any parts replaced were original parts.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5C, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
05.07.2017 MOT 43,100
01.08.2016 UK Registered
Key Details
  • ModelLand Cruiser FJ40
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date10.09.1973
  • CC3,800
  • Mileage~43,299 on clock
  • HistoryPresent
  • ColourBeige
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #F540160919
  • Engine #1906590
  • RestoredYes
  • MOTExempt
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0 (UK)
  • Tyre TreadGreat
  • Tyre BrandMichelin
  • Tyre Age1990/94
  • Security SysStandard
  • LHD or RHDLHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned7 years
  • Key Feature4X4 Monster







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Witney, Oxfordshire

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