1993 Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series VX Limited :: Classifieds

Toyota 80 Series in the snow

The 80 Series is a popular choice on our forum with recent adventure-builds including this 1993 FZJ-80, a 1991 HDJ81, and a 1992 HZJ80. However, today’s 1993 example might be the most desirable to date. It showcases the bulletproof 1HZ motor, triple lockers, and the “Active Vacation” Package. This option showcases a cooler center console, stowable sleeping platform, and a pull-out sink and stove. As discussed in Matt Scott’s “Why the Land Cruiser 80 Series Is The Next Classic 4WD” this vehicle carries forward the bulletproof dependability and capability of its predecessor but introduces a new level of refinement. It’s no surprise that it’s often the vehicle of choice for overlanding with drool-worthy builds from Overland Engineer, Eroztour, and Overland Bound. In addition, I highly recommend checking out Ashley Giordano’s detailed feature piece on Destined For Wild’s 80-Series Land Cruiser. Still not convinced of the Toyota’s credentials? Check out Nicolas Rapp’s Trans World Expedition in an 80-Series.

Toyota 80 series cab interior

From the Seller:

The motor is the legendary 1HZ diesel. In February of 2022, a turbo with an air to water intercooler was installed at 54,000 kilometers. At the same time, a new water pump, timing belt, thermostat, and upgraded ‘Blue hub’ fan clutch was installed with heavier silicone oil for added cooling power. The turbo kit was purchased from Back 40 imports and uses all OEM Toyota parts with the exception of the air-to-water intercooler and the coolant Ts that were added to the heater lines. This kit was over $5,000 without labor. This Land Cruiser is the Active Vacation model, which includes power adjusting and folding mirrors, heated seats, and tons of other luxurious features.”

Toyota Land Cruiser storage system

1993 Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series VX Limited

The Land Cruiser is fitted with the legendary 1HZ diesel motor that in stock form produces 129 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. A long-lived engine and drivetrain are mated with excellent capability thanks to 4WD; front, center, and rear locking differentials; high and low range; 10.8-inches of ground clearance (since increased); a snorkel and more. Inside, the 80 Series is well-equipped with driver comforts that include:

  • Power steering, locks, windows, and mirrors
  • Premium Sony audio
  • Cooler center console
  • Heated seats
  • Air-conditioning

Toyota Land Cruiser 80 series dashboard

Distinguishing Features

  • Old Man Emu shocks and springs with 2-inch lift
  • Ironman 4×4 bumper with Warn winch
  • Ironman 4×4 roof rack and tent
  • Recovery boards
  • Falkon Wildpeak tires
  • Ironman 4×4 snorkel
  • weBoost cell phone booster

Toyota Land Cruiser overhead controls

This 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Limited is listed for $42,000 OBO and is currently located in Seattle, Washington State. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

Toyota Land Cruiser 80 series in the forest

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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.