1990 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series
Stock Number: 4391
Toyota's 70 series Land Cruiser is known worldwide, however, we Americans have always been left in the dark. Always missing out on all of the cool motors and chassis that everyone else has been able to enjoy for years now. The 70 went into production in the mid '80s and has yet to really be changed. At least we can finally get to enjoy something that's still reasonably current. But as the saying goes "if it 'ain't broke don't fix it" which is exactly the philosophy that Toyota took with these. Take all of the Overlanding goodness of the revered 40 and toss in some of the modern refinements you would look for in a daily driver. Blend that all up and you find yourself with the best of both worlds. Known for their go anywhere, do anything attitude the 70s really look the part. With their big steel bumpers, factory winch, and oversized tires it really is a Japanese Jeep. Except now we have the luxury of offering one with the indestructible diesel powerplant with a proper 5-speed manual. The Brilliant Black paint looks great popping of the bright chrome bumpers and trim giving the big brick an understated, yet oddly flashy, look. While originally leaving the factory Dark Bluish Gray (183) it was resprayed at some point. The color swap was rather well done as all of the jambs were done, so unless you're looking at the VIN tag you wouldn't know the difference. While the body has been kept pretty much all stock it does have a set of 15" Team Rancho wheels wrapped in a new set of 31" x 10.5" Falken offroad rubber.
The cockpit of the 70 is simple and straightforward. Being sandwiched between the completely modern FJ80 and the older 60/40 series, it's nice to see some modern conveniences. Power windows, locks, mirrors, and a tilt wheel can all be found. The seats, all trimmed in gray and charcoal, are in good condition overall. The driver's side has a small hole, but otherwise, the quality of the front buckets is better than most 25-year-old vehicles on the road today. The dash shows no signs of sun damage, fading, or cracking. It evident the truck was loved back in Japan, it even still has all of the factory stickers for the controls of the 4WD and winch. While mostly all original it does have an aftermarket head unit which you'll likely want to swap out for something more US compatible. The other change is an Abarth Nardi wheel which, frankly, has seen better days. These did come with A/C which can't always be said about some of those earlier models. For extra cargo space, the rear seat can be folded forward nearly doubling the usable space.
Under the massive hood is the stalwart 1PZ which is a naturally aspirated 3.5L 5 cylinder diesel. While not known for its speed the little 70 gets up to highway speed easier than you'd think. Paired up with a true 5 speed means you've got full control when the unbeaten path takes a turn for the worst. With only 124K verified miles you know that the 5 cylinder is only just getting warmed up. Thanks in part to two new batteries the 3.5 settles into a surprisingly calm idle by diesel standards and is far quieter than your neighbors 7.3L. Power is sent to all four wheels, and mounted next to the turn stalk, are selectable '4WD high' and 'Hub lock' switchgear. The suspension has tons of clearance and decent approach angles if you have some off-road fun planned. The brakes stop the big four-door ute well, and as mentioned before, the new rubber will only help to aid grip and performance further. Unique and useful offroaders like the 70 are tough to find here stateside, let along with a drivetrain like this. Don't miss out on one of Toyota's all-time classics!
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