I recently spent some time exploring Northern Italy in a 100 Series, and it completely blew me away. A friend of mine owns a garage in the Dolomites at 4,468 feet, and he uses the Land Cruiser as his daily to trailer other vehicles up and down the steep mountain switchbacks. It’s the ultimate proving ground for any vehicle due to poorly maintained roads, freezing temperatures, heavy snow during wintertime, extreme heat in the summer, and inclines so steep that I had to occasionally utilize my Syncro’s “Gelande” crawling gear. He explained that it had never broken down, and despite hauling heavy vehicles up mountain roads, the temperature gauge always remained dead center. Furthermore, he pointed out that despite 20 years of abuse, all of the interior electrics continued to work flawlessly. I wasn’t especially surprised as it was a similar story with my dad’s HiAce work vans, and I’ve since spoken to countless Toyota owners who similarly preach of unrivaled reliability and longevity. Hence, if you’re looking to build an overland vehicle, you can’t go far wrong with the vast majority of Toyota’s 4WD lineup.
We recently shared a Nissan Patrol located in Australia and discussed the benefits of buying a vehicle overseas for an extended overlanding trip and then selling the rig upon completion. Today’s Land Cruiser is one such opportunity: it’s located in South Africa and fully equipped for a round-the-world adventure. Furthermore, it’s priced at just $23,500, which is a bargain considering the specifications. Shipping vehicles at present is problematic and extortionately expensive, so the opportunity to purchase an expedition ready 100 Series in South Africa is a fantastic alternative. The rig will be available from October/November of this year, which gives you plenty of time to plan your dream African expedition.
From the Seller:
“The beast that keeps on moving. The Land Cruiser is the ultimate gold standard for overlanding the rugged terrains of Africa, and this Cruiser is no exception. This extremely reliable VX100 is powered by the sought-after 4.2 diesel engine and is fully kitted out with the highest quality build for months or years of adventure. The perfect vehicle for a couple or two friends, this Cruiser contains the comforts you would appreciate in the bush: hot geyser shower, solar power, inverter for charging your laptops and drones, plush memory foam double mattress, ample water storage (100+ liters), two 3-kilogram propane gas canisters for cooking, and both a fridge and a freezer. With this setup, you can bush camp for days independently while remote working and live out the beautiful nomadic life.”
1999 Toyota Land Cruiser 100
The Land Cruiser 100 Series is fitted with the legendary 4.2 diesel motor that produces 201 horsepower, 317 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 21 mpg. In addition to a bulletproof engine and drivetrain, the 100 Series carries forwards the Land Cruiser’s legendary all-terrain capability thanks to full-time 4WD, center differential lock, high and low range, and more. These rugged credentials are balanced with interior refinement, which includes the following driver comforts:
- Power sunroof
- Speed-proportional power steering
- Climate control
- Premium JBL audio
- Infotainment system with navigation
- Heated leather seats
This Land Cruiser comes fully equipped for long-term exploration; here’s just a small selection of notable features:
- Alu-Cab Gen 2 rooftop tent
- Dual battery system with two 85-watt solar panels
- Howling Moon Safari awning
- Auxiliary fuel tank, 100 liters
- Dual spare wheel carrier with two water tanks
- Outback roof rack
- Engel 40-liter fridge/freezer
This 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser 100-Series Camper is listed for $23,500 and is currently located in Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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