Overland Classifieds :: 1993 Land Cruiser Troop Carrier

The Toyota Land Cruiser 78, known as the Troop Carrier (or “Troopy”), is arguably one of the greatest overland platforms in existence—and my personal favorite. This legendary vehicle combines the Land Cruiser’s fabled reliability and capability with an extended wheelbase that provides just enough space for a comfortable camper interior (especially when combined with a pop-up or hard-top roof). If you’d like a better idea of how this vehicle can be outfitted for backcountry travel,check out this exquisite example built by Live Work Wander. I’ve always loved the Troopcarrier but it was Live Work Wander’s 78 Series that convinced me it was the ultimate overland rig, especially after watching a Full-Tour of their rig on YouTube. Still not convinced? Then I suggest looking up The Way Overland (a.k.a. Jolie and Mark) who documented their overland journey from Australia to the United Kingdom in a 2006 Toyota Troop Carrier HDJ78R on YouTube (you will not be disappointed). Today’s 1993 offering is a rare opportunity to purchase an almost completely stock, exceptionally cleanTroop Carrier that is just waiting for an overland build-out.

From the Seller:

The Troopy runs great and will be sold with fresh fluids and ready to go. I have been around Troopies for years and this is a good example of a solid rig. It’s clean with no signs of rust on the body or frame. My friend Alex at Fit Garage can do Alu-Cab pop-top conversions, Scheel-Mann seats, and much more.”

1993 Land Cruiser Troop Carrier

The Troopy is fitted with the legendary 1HZ 6-cylinder diesel motor, which in stock form produces 133 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque (although today’s example has been uprated with a turbo). A bulletproof engine is matched with excellent go-anywhere capability thanks to 4WD, factory full floating rear axle, high and low range, snorkel, and more. These vehicles are not luxurious and are intentionally utilitarian, so don’t expect many driver comforts (although it does feature air conditioning).

Distinguishing Features

  • Aluminium bull bar
  • Roof rack
  • Snorkel
  • BFGoodrich KO2 tires

This 1993 Land Cruiser Troopcarrier is listed for $52,000 OBO and is currently located in Bend, Oregon. 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.