The Land Cruiser led Toyota’s charge into new markets and redefined what a 4×4 could be. Over its 60-year history, it carried passengers across rocky hills, shallow streams, desert sands and highway bridges. In fact, there was little it couldn’t do. Perhaps that’s why it was so often called to what others saw as impossible so often — to deliver food and medicine to impoverished villages, to carry weary travelers across unforgiving terrain, and to bring families together, after spending years apart. This was a car that overcame obstacles. Proudly making history with ground-breaking design, legendary capability and remarkable reliability. This was, and still is, the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Years ago, in the great state of Montana, a man sat in his garage, tinkering away on his latest restoration project — a Land Cruiser FJ45LV. Only about a thousand of these vehicles were imported into the U.S. and this man, just happened to have one of them. He spent 10 years, painstakingly tracking down parts for the rarest of all 40 series Land Cruisers — parts you can’t even find today. Once the parts arrived, he’d wander back to his garage, and continue his work. Sadly, the man’s declining health forced him to abandon the project and the vehicle was sold to a well-established collector and stored.
When the team of FJ Company heard about this vehicle, they were cautiously optimistic, but after seeing the rig, they were pleasantly surprised. Although fairly rusted, this FJ45LV had almost all of its original parts, including its original motor and transmission. The Cruiser was properly stored and included a treasure trove of parts — which were boxed, and painstakingly sealed and labeled.
A client from Dubai purchased this jewel and sent it to FJ’s for a thorough nut and bolt restoration. Now it’s a true testament to the legend of the FJ45LV. This car won the „Family Favorites“ category of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue in August 2016, and will be on display in FJ’s booth at SEMA from November 1-4, 2016. In the meantime, you can see it in their Miami showroom by appointment only.
– Original F engine
– Original transmission
– Striking Capri Blue/White paint combination
– Fresh nut and bolt restoration
– Completely period-correct