Overland Classifieds :: 1993 Toyota FZJ-80 Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser is an overlanding icon and to this day remains the 4WD by which all others are measured. The 80 Series is still considered by many as one of the best Land Cruisers ever produced, which is why Expedition Portal’s Matt Scott believes it’s The Next Classic 4WD. Matt, like many others, makes the point that this iteration brought forwards the rugged dependability and capability of its predecessors but introduced a new level of comfort and refinement. Hence, it will keep up with modern traffic, showcases a well-equipped interior that’s extremely comfortable for long journeys, and aftermarket support is excellent. In addition, Matt makes the point that this vehicle was produced during “a time of Japanese excess,” and subsequently, the “Land Cruiser 80 was intentionally overbuilt, with thicker sheet metal than I’ve ever seen on another car, and a massively over engineered, near-commercial drivetrain.” He’s not the first person I’ve heard describe the 80 Series as “commercial” with a number of overlanders explaining that under the surface the Land Cruiser is more of a heavy-duty truck than it is a 4WD. Needless to say, this is a desirable platform on our forum with recent examples including this 1994 FZJ-80, a 1992 HZJ-80, and a 1996 HDJ-80L with a Cascadia Vehicle Tents Mt.Hood. If you’d like to see how this platform can be outfitted for extended travel then check out these inspiring builds from Dirt Sunrise, Destined for Wild, and Matt Scott. Today’s 1993 “no rust” offering has covered 223,000 miles and features a long list of premium modifications.

From the Seller:

I purchased this super clean 1993 Land Cruiser last summer as we were going to be moving to Arizona from Michigan where I’d use it a ton more, but plans changed with my job and we are staying put for now so I’m looking to get a truck instead. It’s seriously so clean – I can send a full list of work done.”

1993 Toyota FZJ-80 Land Cruiser

The FZJ-80 is fitted with a 4.5-liter 24-valve (1FZFE) motor that produces 215 horsepower, 373 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 14 mpg. An exceptionally long-lived engine is matched with legendary reliability thanks to full-time 4WD, high and low range, center locking differential, 10.8-inches of ground clearance, and more. Inside the Land Cruiser balances these rugged credentials with a well-equipped interior with driver comforts that include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering, locks, and windows
  • Cruise control
  • Third-row seats

Distinguishing Features

  • Old Man Suspension
  • Xprite lighting
  • Custom rear rack with jerry can holders
  • Winch
  • Cell booster antenna

This 1993 Toyota FZJ-80 Land Cruiser is listed for $34,500 and is currently located in Michigan. 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.