Overland Classifieds :: 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ80

The Land Cruiser 80 Series is considered by many as overlanding royalty, which is why many adventurers, including Matt Scott, believe The Land Cruiser 80 Series Is The Next Classic 4WD. So what makes this Toyota 4WD such an icon? Firstly, the 1HZ diesel engine in today’s HZJ80 is considered bulletproof, which is why it’s still utilized in the 70 Series despite being 30-plus years old (for example, in this 78-Series Troopcarrier). Furthermore, all-terrain capability is class-leading, with some offerings incorporating front, rear, and center locking differentials. Finally, the model’s popularity ensures a wide array of aftermarket parts, accessories, and services that can further uprate the 80 Series for remote exploration. It is, therefore, no surprise that this Land Cruiser is a popular adventure platform with recent features, including this 1994 FZJ80, 1996 HDJ80L, and a 1995 FZJ80 w/ Campteq Pop-top. Today’s stunning Cruiser (previously a NATO vehicle) benefits from a low-mileage (161,000 miles) 1HZ diesel motor, Toyota’s desirable Poverty Pack trim, dual fuel tanks and tasteful modifications. It is the perfect blank canvas for an overland build. If you’d like additional inspiration, check out Dirt Sunrise’s 1990 HDJ80 Land Cruiser Maltec Conversion featured by Ashley Giordano.

From the Seller:

I have daily driven this truck for the last two-plus years. The turbo is tuned to not smoke but to provide useable boost while maintaining the engine’s legendary longevity. EGT, boost, water temp, and RPM gauges have been added to monitor engine performance. I’m selling to get a pickup truck that better fits my current needs (hauling my mountain bikes and home stuff). Interesting deals or trades possible (70-Series pickups, Toyota Tundras, Tacomas, plus cash).”

1992 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ80

The HZJ80 is fitted with the 1HZ diesel engine that produces 129 horsepower, 210 pound-feet of torque, and is exceptionally long-lived. A bulletproof motor and drivetrain are matched with amazing all-terrain capability, thanks to part-time 4WD, Aisin locking hubs, high and low range, front and rear locking differentials, and more. Inside, this model showcases Toyota’s rare Poverty Pack that is intended for the harshest environments on Earth, where bulletproof simplicity is the number one priority. Hence, the interior is intentionally sparse with manual windows and door locks, barn doors, vinyl carpet, cloth seats, and a simplified gauge cluster. Fortunately, it does benefit from air-conditioning, a heater, passenger-side defroster, and manual sliding rear window. In short, it provides the essentials and nothing else, ideal for overlanding where often less is more.

Distinguishing Features

  • J.W. Speaker headlights
  • Warn winch
  • Smittybilt center console
  • ARB winch bumper
  • Front Runner table
  • Toyota steel wheels with Cooper tires

This 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ80 is listed for $40,000 and is currently located in Austin, Texas. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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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.