1991 Toyota Land Cruiser VX
Toyota SUV's of this era are considered to be overbuilt, go anywhere tanks. These trucks became legendary due to their imposing dimensions, iconic styling, and the do-it-all practicality. Our latest arrival is this 1991, equipped with its famed, bulletproof, gasoline 4.5L engine. This 1FZ-FE power plant appears to have been exceptionally well cared for, and the vehicle drives like it. The exterior is finished in Toyota Dark Green Pearl (6M1), an admittedly understated and classy hue. The paint itself shows really well for it's age and is free of any peeling or notable scuffs. The clear coat does have some scratches in it from routine wear over the years, but nothing out of the ordinary. Despite it's off road, rugged roots, the body has been kept up with very well. All of the panels line up properly and doors close with that gratifying thud. Even the factory optional aluminum running boards are also in good shape, accented with polished, rolled aluminium guards to protect ones lower extremities from the sharp edges of the running boards. The hard to find (in one piece) OEM rain visors on all 4 windows and the sunroof make for a great vent when the weather turns drab. On those nice days though you do have full power windows front and rear, the large sunroof, and even sliding 3rd row windows.
Much like the body, the interior tells the same story. The two tone gray and blue really plays up well against the darker exterior. The textured cloth is both durable and surprisingly supple making it a great place for those longer road trips. When you hop on up to the drivers seat, every control is easy to read and at hand. An adjustable steering column helps to makes oneself comfortable, and there 80 series Cruiser has copious amounts of leg, shoulder, and headroom. The driver's seat is in great condition, free of the common bolster wear we see on many vehicles this age. One of the most impressive features of the drivers bucket is adjustable side bolsters, which are powered and function well. Otherwise all three rows have held up great and have been kept pretty much stain or damage free. The door cards and carpeting are in the same condition and the dash has been kept from any cracking or sun damage. The OEM head unit was replaced with an upgrade; this Eclipse model is functional, and the speakers function without any cracking or fading. Then again with only 107K verified miles the overall condition doesn't come as too much of a shock. While known for their off road prowess, the day to day comforts are what most of us will be utilizing. These came fitted with all of the luxury amenities of the day, one touch driver's side window, fully retractable rear windows, power side mirrors, and automatic climate control. It even has a manually controlled antenna so you don't snap it off on a tree branch when you're out in the woods. Since this is a 3rd row equipped model they even thought about those passengers stuck way in the back. A separate control for A/C and heat is located for the driver to make sure they're kept comfortable as well. If you required an hours long road trip, Toyota's Icebox cooler is between the center console ready to keep all the necessary libations cold. In true Toyota fashion everything is operating as it should, even the sunroof which is a harder to find option over in Japan.
Underneath the massive hood is Toyota's tried and true 1FZ-FE 4.5 straight six. These naturally aspirated beasts are known for being bulletproof, and with mileage this low it's only just getting broken in. If modifying is on your agenda, check out what those crazy Aussies do to this mill, the aftermarket is incredible. The big straight six fires up happily and settles into a nearly vibration-free idle. The great thing about this motor is that they were offered in the USDM Cruiser's as well meaning that parts availability won't be an issue. You could literally take this to your local Toyota dealer to be serviced if you so choose. The automatic transmission shifts well, albeit with little urgency. These are massive cruisers after all, not sports coupes. The rugged 4x4 system is eager to perform, making this hauler just as capable running to Costco in the snow, as it is fording a river. The suspension itself is planted, and the Land Cruiser can take any pothole without a complaint. The brakes are linear, and manage to stop this behemoth comfortably. A desirable option, this truck is equipped with the K295 package, which means it's fitted with the front and rear LSD with an electronic center diff. Having been so well maintained by the previous owner this SUV only required a fresh oil service, and four new tires. The fresh Yokohama rubber has been balanced and mounted by one of our trained technicians, and the next time this vehicle will require service is another three thousand miles.
Whether cruising to Moab or down to soccer practice at the park this 80 series has you covered. Its low cost of ownership, outlandish off-road capabilities, and general usefulness make an SUV like this hard to pass up. Federally legal, and freshly maintained, this one can be your turn-key, Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.