1971 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

by | Jan 10, 2020

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

1971 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

by | Jan 10, 2020

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company




Land Cruiser FJ40








January 16

The sales of vehicles in the US are currently trending away from automobiles and moving towards SUVs, so it’s no surprise that vintage versions of the latter are also gaining respect. 

Go to Cars and Coffee in Austin and you’re liable to find several jacked-up Ford Broncos and revived Jeeps. Visit vehicle auctions, and you will also likely find at least one Toyota FJ40 on the block. Little has changed from its original look.

Toyota created the FJ40 at the time of the Korean War. The F is for the  F-TYPE engine, the J for jeep. The name, Land Cruiser came from needing a name, not unlike Land Rover. The FJ40’s styling is properly utilitarian. A squared box shape, its utility easily wins over its beauty, though there is a charm to the design. That form changed very little from the FJ’s introduction in 1960 until production ceased in 1983. Toyota began to import FJ40s into the US in 1963, and soon it was the best-selling Toyota model. 

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The FJ40 at Barrett-Jackson is finished in Sky Blue paint with a white top and gray interior. The seats are original, and steering is through a large, thin-rim wheel — just the thing for off-roading. There’s nothing fancy about the instrumentation and switches, but they look as though they could endure a drive through the Gobi Desert. There is also a roof-mounted radio and a heater for the rear seats. 

The frame under the body is rock-rugged, and the drive is to all four wheels. The engine is a straight-6 at 3,878 ccs with 155 horsepower and fed through a 2-barrel carburetor. 

If this particular SUV doesn’t suit your interests, there are eight others at Barrett-Jackson, including FJ40s, an FJ45LV and a pair of FJ45 pickup trucks. 


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