Overland Classifieds :: Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ78

The perfect overland rig doesn’t exist—oh, but it does. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the Toyota Land Cruiser, and the “Troopy” variant is arguably the crème de la crème. The Troopy (or Troop Carrier) is an extended-wheelbase version of the Land Cruiser. This means the same class-leading capability and legendary reliability, but with additional space and payload for a full, albeit lightweight, camper interior. I appreciate that the “perfect rig” is subjective (and accept this setup is compact and not especially luxurious), but there’s no denying the appeal of this proven platform. The Troopy is compact and easy to drive, fits in a shipping container and standard parking space, and will conquer the toughest terrains in the harshest climates. Furthermore, there’s just enough space inside for two people to live comfortably, especially when outfitted with a pop-top or high top roof. Today’s example is just about perfect, showcasing a Desert Tec high-top roof, well-equipped camper interior, a 270-liter fuel capacity, extensive premium modifications and upgrades, includes tools and spares, and is priced at a competitive $77,000. The rig is currently completing the Pan-American Highway but will be available from the end of January 2023.

From the Seller

With a broken heart we announce our Troopy Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series [is] for sale after our 1.5-year Pan-American journey. Although we would love to keep it, it wouldn’t make sense from a rational perspective considering our mid-term future plans. You’ll find a lot of pictures and a little movie of the car at verylonghoneymoon.com.”

Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ78

The HZJ78 is fitted with the legendary 1HZ diesel motor that produces 129 horsepower, 285 pound-feet of torque, and is exceptionally long-lived. A bulletproof engine and drivetrain are mated with legendary capability thanks to 4WD, front and rear locking differentials, a snorkel, high and low range, and more. Driver comforts include:

  • Heated Scheel-mann seats
  • Android-based Atoto navigation/sound system with Gladen speakers
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control

Distinguishing Features

  • Lithium house battery 150 amp hours and 100 watts of solar
  • Aluminum wheels with BFGoodrich A/T tires
  • Engel fridge
  • Freshwater, 100 liters total
  • Eberspacher heater
  • Warn winch
  • Tough Dog 4WD suspension

This Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ78 is listed for $77,000 and will be available at the end of January 2023 (message sellers for details). 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.