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Overland Classifieds :: 1994 Land Cruiser Prado w/ Alu-Cab Thor Top

The Toyota Land Cruiser is without question one of the greatest overland vehicles ever produced, and when it comes to round-the-world exploration it remains the 4WD of choice for many travelers. We’ve featured a number of adventure-ready Cruisers, including this 2016 200 Series, a 1999 100 Series Camper, and a 1996 HDJ80L.

The Land Cruiser is championed for its legendary reliability, build quality, and of course its fabled all-terrain capability. Further, its owners enjoy access to a huge array of parts, accessories, and services that can improve stock performance and capability while also converting the Cruiser into a rolling home. I recently showcased this jaw-dropping 78-Series Toyota Land Cruiser Troopcarrier built by Expedition Portal forum member Lucidless, also known as Matthew Sanda. Matthew is a talented vehicle builder and is producing some of the most unique and purposeful builds I’ve seen in a while, including this recent Land Rover Discovery I 300tdi Pop-Top Camper. I was therefore excited when I noticed he’d listed his latest project, a 350-horsepower 1994 Land Cruiser Prado outfitted with the entire catalog of Alu-Cab accessories for the 2008-22 Land Cruiser 76 Series. At $58,000, this is a lot of vehicle for the money and would cost considerably more to build in the states. Fortunately, this 1994 model is eligible for U.S. import, and shipping can be organized with the seller.

From the Seller:

I once again have a very cool build for sale. I built this truck to prove to a friend that it could be done as we got into a big argument about Alu-cab stuff not fitting the older U.S. importable Prados. So long story short, I bought a rare 1994 Prado and the entire catalog of Alu-Cab accessories for the 2008-2022 Land Cruiser 76 series and had the guys at Alucab HQ in Cape Town fit it all for me. All the products designed for the new 76 also fit direct bolt-on to the old Prados. Hence, everything in this build is brand new, and it’s actually still at the Alu-Cab HQ here in South Africa.I also installed a 350-horsepower 1UZ high output petrol motor in it with an automatic transmission and complete re-gear, so it’s fast and efficient.”

1994 Land Cruiser Prado

Today’s 1994 Prado has been fitted with a 1UZ motor mated with a Jacks 1UZ automatic transmission, providing a considerable 350-horsepower yet still achieving 23 mpg fully loaded. Impressive on-road performance is matched with excellent all-terrain capability, thanks to a body-on-frame design, 4WD, auto-locking hubs, high and low range, rear locking differential, and more. Inside, the Prado is not especially luxurious but does include an F1 dash monitor, air-conditioning, central locking, cup holders, and power steering.

Distinguishing Features

  • Old Man Emu suspension
  • Beadlock wheels with Maxxis Razr tires
  • Aisin locking hubs and Terrafirma HD wheel bearings
  • Aftermarket front bumper with winch
  • Outfitted with Alu-Cab’s entire 76 catalog
  • Long range fuel tank, 180-liter

This 1994 Land Cruiser Prado with Alu-Cab Thor Top is listed for $58,000 OBO and is currently located in South Africa. 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.