Behold: the 1983 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser – one of the last of the original Land Cruisers (a design so successful it remained virtually unchanged for 30 years).

Restored (with a full engine rebuild) to Concours condition with period-correct brown leather interior and green paint, this pickup – possibly the best surviving example of its type – goes up for auction this weekend.

Mecum Auctions in Chicago, if you’re passing.


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10 thoughts on “Hot Wheels

  1. Praetorian.

    I have some good memories of driving them in the Defence Forces…and some mucky jocks memorys…they where quite the experience.
    4.2ltr petrol front wheel drive (4 wheel drive after you turn the switch diff locks on the wheel hubs),long wheel base with only two seats up front and nothing but a canvas creel on the back…giddy as fupp…great work horse.
    would love to drive one again.

      1. Praetorian.

        No Frank O…the PDF….The cruisers where in service mid 80’s to early 90’s.
        They never went to FCA units.

    1. Clampers Outside

      Fair dues :) Good for you Prae!

      Brian May did a piece on them a week or two ago… probably a repeat

      1. martco

        you mean James I’m guessing?
        (they’re not related btw…one of the most successful urban myths ever ever that one)

        1. bertie blenkinsop

          Bob Holness playing the saxophone solo on “Baker Street” is probably the best of the lot!

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