Lot 105

Motor City 2014

1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40


$68,750 USD | Sold

United States | Plymouth, Michigan



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  • Less than 200 miles from a complete three-year restoration
  • Toyota’s iconic off-roader

135 hp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low-range and part-time AWD, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live axle, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in.

Inspired by America’s Willys M38 Jeep that saw service in World War II, Toyota’s FJ40 Land Cruiser quickly found success among civilians in the United States when it was first introduced in 1960. The capable off-roader more than held its own against the likes of products from Land Rover and Jeep, proving to be just as rugged and much more reliable. FJ40s were quick to find homes with outdoorsmen and other individuals with an active lifestyle, and the model quickly cemented itself as a cultural icon and gained an excellent reputation as one of the best off-road vehicles money could buy.

This 1976 FJ40 Land Cruiser, originally sold new in Arizona and later sold to an individual in New Mexico, is currently with its third custodian, located in the Midwest. It is in immaculate condition following a full concours-level restoration undertaken by a previous owner, and it is surely one of the best examples in existence, especially when considering that it spent the majority of its life in southwestern United States and is completely rust free as a result. During its two-year restoration, which was completed in early 2013, every nut and bolt was restored on the car to concours specifications. Factory originality was a priority, and all the correct factory details are properly affixed to the present original engine. Its distinctive Mustard Yellow paint is in outstanding condition, and the underbody and interior are just as fresh.

A large file of documentation accompanies the car, which includes Arizona and New Mexico titles, previous service receipts, and photographs of the car both before and during its restoration, as well as receipts from its restoration. The odometer shows over 67,500 miles, which are all confirmed as original by the accompanying service receipts. Of those miles, less than 200 have been accumulated following its restoration. It is also important to note that this FJ40 is emissions compliant in all 50 states.

As many FJ40s were subject to hard use when they were new, it is rare to find one in such excellent condition. FJ40s are quickly becoming hot commodities to enthusiasts worldwide, and they will surely be considered a must-have vehicle for the next generation of collectors.

This particular example is surely an FJ40 to be treasured, as it is equally at home amongst other beautifully restored vehicles as it is showing off its off-road capabilities, as its creators intended.