La Aduana: 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser

If you haven’t noticed, vintage Land Cruisers are once again all the rage. Values for Cruisers are tip-toeing into the bubble-sphere with prices swelling at an alarming rate. What ever is driving the renaissance of the Cruiser, people are lining up to buy these vehicles regardless of the asking price. Here we have a 1978 FJ40 listied on Hemmings for $42,900. Let me grab my pencil… In 1978 dollars, that’s still $13,250. The average cost of a home in 1978 was $50,000. Numbers aside, these trucks are simply awesome, and many buyers and sellers agree these trucks are worth more than any of the numbers being tossed around. This Cruiser is beautiful in its Tron Blue with a nice blend of modern updates. I’m not going to lie, I’d love to have this in my driveway.


From the listing:

1978 Toyota FJ40 finished in Color Code/854 Sky Blue with Black leatherette interior. It would be impossible to find an FJ40 that has had more attention to detail in this total nut and bolt restoration. This FJ is PERFECT! It is completely rust free and the drive train, interior, undercarriage, suspension, body and paint, wheels and tires have all been renewed, restored or replaced. If you are looking for an FJ that is ready to enjoy, look no further. It comes fitted with air conditioning, alloy wheels with new BF Goodrich Mud Terrains mounted, diamond plated rear quarters, aux heater, custom fitted sub woofers, rear bench seating, roll hoop, ARB brush bar with fog lamps mounted, original period correct AM radio with a modern stereo concealed and much more. Rest assured the undercarriage is as detailed and perfect as the body. Chassis number FJ40 288121 was manufactured in Aug of 1978. Additional photos available. It is priced to sell at $42,900.00. All serious realistic offers will be considered and should be directed to Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817.




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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.