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Video of the Week: History of the Toyota Land Cruiser

When it comes to overland vehicles, few are as loved or revered as the Toyota Land Cruiser. These legendary trucks can be found in the most remote corners of the globe, and command an almost fanatical following of enthusiasts, but it wasn’t always so. Back in the fifties, the Land Cruiser was simply an imitation Jeep, and they were just beginning their journey towards automotive fame. We’ve read several accounts of their progression from tin tubs with wheels to the ultra-modern 200-series we have today, but none are as interesting or downright funny as the video recently posted by Donut Media. His summary of this Japanese 4×4’s history is simultaneously fun and informative, and we thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. We hope you do as well!

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.