Overland Classifieds :: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ77

Classic Land Cruisers with super low miles don’t come up for sale often, especially in this condition. Today’s exceptionally clean 1997 example has covered just 83,000 miles from new and originally belonged to the Japanese government (so you can rest assured it’s been well looked after). The Land Cruiser is arguably the greatest overland platform of all time, and if you’re planning a round-the-world expedition this vehicle should be a top contender. Sure, they’re not the most powerful, luxurious, or economical vehicles, but they are exceptionally reliable and capable. Additionally, there is a global network of dealers and parts suppliers, and a wide array of aftermarket components, accessories, and services available for upgrading the Land Cruiser for travel. If you’d like a better idea of how this model can be built for adventure then check out this stunning HZJ77 Pop-Top shared by Chris Cordes. The 70-Series are incredibly durable with all-terrain performance akin to a mountain goat,as demonstrated in this video aptly named The World’s Workhorse. Today’s 1997 low-mileage example showcases the bulletproof 1HZ engine and is the perfect base for an overland build.

From the Seller:

1997 HZJ77 Toyota Land Cruiser recently imported from Japan for a client with only 83,000 original miles. This vehicle belonged to the Japanese Government and has been very well maintained. The vehicle has the 1HZ Toyota 6-cylinder diesel engine which started production in the early ’90s and is still being made today!”

1997 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ77

The HZJ77 is fitted with a 1HZ 6-cylinder diesel that produces 133 horsepower and 209 pound-feet of torque. A long-lived engine is mated with excellent all-terrain capability thanks to 4WD and high and low range. This example does not have locking differentials, but ARB Air Lockers could be fitted by the new owner. This particular example was ordered by the Japanese government and is decidedly utilitarian with manual windows and no sunroof, but it does incorporate air conditioning. It’s not uncommon for front-line vehicles to exclude many driver comforts in order to remove as many points of failure as possible, which is ideal for overlanding. Toyota even offered a “Poverty Package” for such applications as seen on this 1992 HZJ80.

Distinguishing Features

This vehicle is essentially stock so there are no aftermarket modifications or accessories to list. This makes it the perfect blank canvas for an expedition build.

This 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ77 is listed for $45,000 and is currently located in 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.