Lot #7: 1968 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Exquisite Example of the Highly Sought After FJ
- California vehicle with complete, body-off restoration using NOS parts
- Rare features include overdrive, PTO winch and rear heater
- Upgraded with four-wheel power disc brakes; CA "black plate"
- Finished in outstanding color combination; period Monterey-area touches
- Outstanding example of a true icon; rare find in such excellent condition
|True Mileage:||60* (TMU)|
* Mileage since restoration
A beautifully restored and authentically restored example of a truly iconic off-road vehicle. Finished in outstanding colors and equipped with PTO winch, overdrive and rear heater. Upgraded for modern driving with power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes. Highly desirable "black plate" California vehicle with period Monterey-area extras.
Specifications: 125 hp, 3.9-liter OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with low range, overdrive, and part-time AWD, live front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 90"
With DNA rooted a 1951 prototype all-terrain utility vehicle similar to the latest versions of the American Jeep and intended for evaluation by Japan's National Police Reserve, Toyota's BJ was named the "Land Cruiser" by 1954 and quickly earned a stellar global reputation for ruggedness and practicality. Beyond its obvious military origins, the Land Cruiser was carefully developed and soon available along a number of chassis lengths and body styles. Importation of the definitive short-wheelbase FJ40 to the United States commenced in 1960 and for much of the 1960s, it was Toyota's best seller in America, where it was offered through 1983, with Japanese production ending the next year. Supplementary models for the U.S. market included the FJ45 four-door, pickup and wagon line from 1963 to 1967 and the family-oriented FJ55 imported from 1968 to 1979.
A large part of the FJ40's success is due to its simple and tough mechanical components and remarkable ease of maintenance and repair. The 3.9-liter "F Series" inline six-cylinder engine was modeled after the block and internal assembly of the 235 cubic-inch Chevrolet truck engine and a contemporary GMC cylinder-head design. Rated at 125 horsepower for the U.S. market, Toyota's F Series engines generated outstanding torque at a 2,000-rpm peak to capably power the FJ through the worst terrain. Every bit as dependable, durable, and capable as the famous "Jeep," and arguably even more so, the FJ40 was changed very little throughout its production run, yet it received careful and welcome refinements throughout its lifespan. While immensely effective and popular, precious few of these rugged workhorses survive intact today and quality survivors like this example from 1968 are highly collectible.
Following an exhaustive search for a sound and highly original California vehicle, this 1968 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser was given a body-off restoration by a leading West Coast FJ40 specialist over a three-year timeframe. Taking full advantage of the dwindling stocks of original spare parts, the restoration was completed using an impressive array of NOS Toyota parts, including the nuts, bolts, and washers. All body panels were meticulously prepared and then finished in Dune Beige (T-416) paint, handsomely complemented by a Cygnus White (T-012) top, with the folding mechanism disassembled and restored using correct factory rivets. The entire drivetrain, plus cooling and electrical systems, were rebuilt to match with NOS parts, including a new wiring harness and electrical switchgear. The interior was thoroughly restored and accurately refinished in keeping with the rest of the vehicle.
Highlights of this very well-equipped FJ40 include an extremely rare factory power take-off (PTO) winch, an accessory overdrive for driving ease on today's roads, a rear heater, and updated four-wheel power disc brakes for sure stops. In keeping with its California flavor, the FJ's grille is adorned with a 1968 Del Monte Forest badge and a residence gate pass for 17-Mile Drive in Monterey. The California "black" license plate is mounted with a frame from Cypress Coast, a Monterey Peninsula import dealer of the era. As offered, the Land Cruiser is accompanied by a professional photo book, detailed restoration images, and even the package labelling for the NOS parts used in the restoration. Handsomely presented and clearly benefiting from top-quality restoration, this highly collectible and enjoyable FJ40 marks an ideal example with select upgrades for modern use while maintaining its iconic good looks. Capable of off-road use and around-town enjoyment with equal ease, it is a truly outstanding example of Toyota's classic Land Cruiser.
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