Land Cruiser: Toyota’s big, bad bruiser

Such a face!

Such a face!  Does this look like the top half of a ’61 Rambler set down on a parade float to you? Thought so!

Feral Cars fan and Field Scout Kendell Shaffer found this immaculate ’79 Toyota Land Cruiser Series 55 and couldn’t resist sharing.  It’s a 4 wheel drive, narrow gauge proto-SUV powered by a  reverse engineered facsimile of Chevy’s “Stove Bolt 6” that has an international cult following.

Speaking of International, check out this Travelall-esque look.  Roll down tailgate window, too.

Speaking of International, check out this Travelall-esque look. Roll down tailgate window, too.

We have some far-flug Feral Cars Field Scouts but never one checking in from Peru.  That’s where FCFS Andrew Keeler found this ’64 Land Cruiser FJ40 which he was told was assembled there.  We think the wooden bumper was an aftermarket-sourced addition.  Are you listening SEMA?

Machu Picchu choo-choo

Machu Picchu choo-choo

The 50 year old Andean runabout was encountered on the way to most mystical Machu Picchu and here’s the guy who keeps this half century old motorized llama on the Inca Trail.

Alpaca powered!

Alpaca powered!

The thing about Toyota Land Cruisers is that they seem to hang in for the long run — a value proposition? Perhaps a value proposition if frill-free utility is a priority for you. Prices for non-trashed examples have been trending upwards so there’s investment potential to consider, as well.   How about a later Series 60 Land Cruiser like this ’85 with all ‘mod cons’ including air conditioning and doors and windows and brakes and the like?  The buy-in price is only going to go rise so don’t procrastinate.

TLC of the 80's

TLC of the Eight-Tees

Upright everything's all right, outtasite

Upright everything’s all right, outtasite

We think this flame red example would be just the thing for today’s hipster fire chief.  Hey, you’d certainly be noticed on your way to extinguish the smoldering embers of an industrial juicer with a short circuit.

Where's the fire?

Where’s the fire?

We love this early ’60s commercial where the full line of Land Cruisers models are put through their paces. It’s downright enthusiastic, without a trace of irony.  That red FJ40 going 85 on the freeway is scary!

Our friends at Bringatrailer are featuring a ’73 Series 55 with a Chevy 350 V8 transplanted and a 4-speed manual transmission.  $23,900 gets it.

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2 thoughts on “Land Cruiser: Toyota’s big, bad bruiser

  1. Spencer

    Great piece!

    That 55 is a beaut. I think those are very much endangered as I’ve heard there are almost no parts left!

    As an aside, the white wagon above is listed as an ’85, but I think that’s a mistake: the square headlights/automatic didn’t debut until late 1986 as the FJ62. Earlier models feature round headlights and standard transmission. Those are FJ60’s (’81-’87).

  2. feralcars Post author

    Thanks for getting in touch and glad you liked the piece. We try hard to get the model years right but sometimes it boils down to an educated guess.


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