Overland Classifieds: Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series – 1997-1FZ 4.5

There is a saying in Africa – Land Rover discovered Africa, but Toyota keeps Africa running. One of the easiest but least considered options for international overland travel is the “fly and drive” option. Many overlanders prefer to ship their home-bought and built vehicles to distant continents but the option to fly and drive presents unique opportunities to travel without giving up the farm. This well-priced and equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series is waiting (in South Africa) for some brave and fortunate soul to pick up where her current owners left off and drive her across the continent or around Southern Africa. The vehicle is 25 years old, meaning it should legally qualify for importation to the USA (bear in mind that this is a right-hand drive (RHD) vehicle). Talk about having your cake and eating it.

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The Israeli owner of the vehicle told us that he is looking to sell the vehicle after a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Tswana, and Zimbabwe.

“The Land Cruiser is very strong, reliable, spacious, and ideal model for the adventurous ‘Israeli trip style.”

The sale date and location is from June to August in South Africa.

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This gasoline-powered 80 Series Land Cruiser has 245 000 miles on the odometer, and the vehicle is expedition ready and proven. Included in the sale of the vehicle is an extensive and comprehensive array of camping equipment, a four sleeper rooftop tent (on the roof rack), all bedding, and even pillows. As you will undoubtedly be traveling far from the beaten track, the vehicle comes equipped with tools, spare parts, and a service kit, including filters and oils. The vehicle is equipped with a built-in 15-gallon water tank and a 5-gallon water jerry can, a water pump, and an assortment of water pipes and hoses. Known to be reliable but not incredibly fuel-efficient, the Land Cruiser boasts two 20 gallon fuel tanks as well as an auxiliary 5-gallon fuel jerry can; with average fuel consumption of 13 mpg, the vehicle will have a calculated range of approximately 585 miles, less if driven for long distances in low range.

1997 Land Cruiser 1FZ 4.5

The Land Cruiser features a dual battery system with a charging system, an air compressor to inflate the five BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, and a cooler to supply cool drinks after a long, hot day under the African sun. There is no better way to end a day on the road in Africa than a campfire and “braai” (BBQ), and you will find that the Cruiser is fully equipped with all necessary cooking equipment and utensils.

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Yes, stepping into another person’s vehicle is like sleeping in a stranger’s home, but the vehicle will be professionally cleaned, and with time, you can make it your own, show up with $15 000 and a backpack, and you are ready to go.

Yes, you read that correctly; this fully equipped vehicle is on sale for a mere $15,175 USD or (51,000 NIS Israeli shekels).

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking enlightenment and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries, circumnavigated South America, driven from Argentina to Alaska followed by exploration of Europe and Western Asia. Currently the family are planning a journey from Western Europe to the Russian Far East. Graeme is a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six critically acclaimed books and an Overland Journal/Expedition Portal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell