1990 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81 :: Classifieds

Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81

The Land Cruiser is an overlanding icon and the 80 Series is considered by many as one of the best. This appreciating classic finds a sweet spot between bulletproof backcountry reliability and modern refinement. If you’d like to better understand this vehicle’s many accolades then check out Matt Scott’s piece on Why the Land Cruiser 80 Series is the Next Classic 4WD. Subsequently, it’s popular on the forum with recent adventure-ready examples including this 1993 VX Limited, a 1992 HZJ80, and a 1994 FZJ80. Furthermore, it’s often the platform of choice for around-the-world trips as demonstrated by the adventures of Destined for Wild and The Long Way Home. Today’s 1990 Land Cruiser HDJ81 has covered 278,000 miles and features extensive premium modifications.

80 Series storage system

From the Seller:

“Purchased from U.S.-based importer about 5 years ago. Most work was completed by me or Torfab. Why am I selling? I have a 76 Series body on a U.S. titled 81 series frame/diesel, 5-speed; I don’t need two 81 series vehicles.”

An 80 Series engine bay

1990 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81

The Land Cruiser is fitted with an exceptionally long-lived 4.2-liter diesel motor that produces 164 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A dependable engine and drivetrain are matched with legendary capability thanks to 4WD, front, rear, and center locking differentials, high and low range, manual locking hubs, and more. These rugged credentials are combined with a well-equipped interior with driver comforts that include:

  • Uprated Alpine audio
  • Scheel-man driver’s seat
  • Sunroof
  • Power steering, windows, and locks
  • Air conditioning

Overland ready Land Cruiser rear end

Distinguishing Features

  • Warn Zeon winch
  • Icon shocks with Old Man Emu springs
  • ARB compressor
  • Front Runner roof rack with Alu-cab Gen 3.1 tent
  • ARB Touring awning
  • Delta Vehicle Systems center console, front bumper, sliders, and rear bumper with spare tire swing away
  • TrekBox drawer system

An Land Cruiser 80 Series suspension

This 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81 is listed for $35,000 and is currently located in Bozeman, Montana. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

Land Cruiser with Scheel Man seats

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.