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19-20 January 2017

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Lot 107

1970 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

  • Chassis no. FJ40-86368

Sold for $46,750


125 bhp, 3,878 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension with single-acting hydraulic tubular-type shock absorbers, full-floating front axle and semi-floating rear axle with hypoid drive, and front and rear hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in.

  • Comprehensive restoration completed in April 2016
  • Just 25 miles since completion; never shown
  • New interior, including rear jump seats and floor mats


The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has quickly become an icon of all-wheel drive and the all-terrain vehicle segment of the hobby. Toyota first developed the BJ Series in 1951 at the request of the United States Military. Officials were seeking an all-wheel-drive utility vehicle to be used by soldiers and military police stationed in Japan. Series production did not commence until 1953, from which point forward the vehicles were constantly upgraded and refined. Beginning in 1954, the Land Cruiser name appeared starting with the Series 20 introduced in 1954 and the Series 40 in 1960. U.S. imports began in 1963, quickly becoming Toyota’s best-sellers in the United States during the mid-1960s.

As time passed, Land Cruisers were offered in various wheelbases along with several different styles, including a pickup as well as hard and soft top configurations. Even a station wagon was available with seating up to seven passengers. Both Toyota gasoline and Hino diesel engines were eventually offered, though most were equipped with gasoline-powered “F-series” inline six-cylinder engines, such as this example. The model continues to exist today, though it has moved considerably upscale, and is Toyota’s longest-running nameplate.

The frame-off restoration of this beautiful example, painted Olympus White over Freeborn Red, was completed in April 2016 by the consignor, who purchased it from an avid 4 × 4 enthusiast. It has never been shown and has completed just 25 miles since restoration. Beginning with an Arizona vehicle, it was disassembled and given a detailed restoration to a high standard. The consignor notes that all body panels are extremely straight, with expert fit and finish. The engine compartment and undercarriage are nicely detailed with all correct and original ID tags.

A new, correct black vinyl interior has been fitted, along with rear jump seats, floor mats, and a refinished dash with correct Toyota 4 × 4 operating instruction plates. Five new Goodyear tires ride on refinished white rims, contrasting with the red exterior while matching the white roof. Features include right- and left-hand outside rear view mirrors, oil filter, heater, front locking hubs, and power-assisted brakes. The consignor reports that the engine is a “strong runner” and that this exceptional FJ40 runs and drives beautifully, as one would expect of an enduring icon.

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California, United States

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more