Overland Classifieds :: 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ47 Troopy

The Land Cruiser HJ47 isn’t fast or comfortable, but it is simple and spacious and can be tinkered on by most mechanics worldwide. While many Land Cruiser fans opt for the 70-Series Troopies these days, the HJ47s are rarer.

This 1982 Australian right-hand-drive HJ47 underwent a body-off restoration in 2013, including body and paint (original Land Cruiser Dune Beige) from the frame up. It also boasts a custom snorkel and rear bumper fabricated by a previous owner in Australia. As this classic Toyota is located in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada, prospective American buyers should strike while the iron is hot. The current exchange rate is in your favor. Whether you make it yours to drive around your neighborhood or the world, this Troopy is guaranteed to turn heads.

From Robert:

“I purchased this Troopy in 2002 and have been slowly restoring it since then. It’s an around-town driver that gets out once or twice a week on average; otherwise, it’s in the garage. A detailed list of what has been done to this Cruiser can be emailed to potential buyers.

This Cruiser has some areas where the rust is starting to come back since the restoration work in 2013. The odometer stopped turning approximately six months ago. To my knowledge, these are the only items that require attention.

What I love about this Land Cruiser is its classic look and feel. It’s nice to have a truly analog driving experience without the distractions from electronic gadgets that modern vehicles have today. I’ve tried to keep it as close to the original as possible to retain that classic look, except for a few items like the snorkel and rear bumper. I’ve owned it for 19 years, and my family and I have had many great adventures in it along the way. This Land Cruiser can go just about anywhere you want to take it! I have another build on the go, and, unfortunately, this one is going to need a new home.”


270,000 original kilometers on the odometer
2H, 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine
Custom snorkel and rear bumper, fabricated by previous owner in Australia
Rear bench seat from a 1988 LJ71 Land Cruiser (original seats available with the sale)
Spare tire mount was fabricated and installed in the rear cargo area
Steel Land Cruiser wheels
Cooper Discoverer S/T LT 235/85R16 tires

Located in Courtenay, British Columbia, this 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ47 Troopy is listed for sale for $55,000 CAD. Check out the full vehicle specs, make a bid, or contact the seller via the original Expedition Portal post here.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.