1991 Toyota Land Cruiser VXL
While we got plenty of 80 series Land Cruisers in the states, the turbodiesel option was our figurative forbidden fruit. No longer is that the case, and this 1991 VX Limited is one seriously fine example of this Japanese Classic. Fresh off a recent service, this lightly modified rig is offered with a mere 99k verified and documented miles. Finished in Light Beige Metallic, this five-seater is set off by a subtle set of OEM rainguards, privacy tint, and aftermarket alloys shod with new 35" rubber. It's in good nick aside from some light dings and chips associated with normal use, and demands a bunch of attention with its imposing aesthetic. It also boasts a plush cabin with some rare and desirable options loved by enthusiasts, such as triple locking differentials! Reliable, capable, and unique, this top-notch Toyota won't last long, and is a turn key ready to rock!
The cabin is in above-average shape overall and includes plenty of space for occupants and their gear. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dashboard lacks any weather-related cracking or distortion. As you enter the cabin your eyes are drawn to a woodgrain Avant-Garde steering wheel-mounted atop a tilt column. It looks upscale as it should in an 80! The center stack includes a sweet Pioneer audio upgrade and a simple to use automatic climate control system. The A/C blows cold and the heat works as advertised. The driver benefits from a slate of electric amenities including electric locks, mirrors, and windows. They make daily use enjoyable and even the optional power sunroof and electric driver's lumbar support add to the experience. The seats are in good shape and lack any rips, holes, or tears. They are comfy on long drives, although we did want to note some light smudges and stains. The same can be said for the headliner, but on the positive side, it lacks any sagging. The door cards have been well cared for and avoided any major abuse over the past 30 years. It also has few squeaks and rattles, and relatively little road noise filters throughout the cabin, even at higher speeds.
The Land Cruiser isn't just an excellent off-roader, it's a gem on the tarmac too. Underpinned by a full-time 4WD system, this example is powered by the 1HD-T six-cylinder. Two new 12v batteries help the 4.2L churn to life, and the mill is fresh off an oil and filter service. The powerplant idles nearly vibration-free and is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. It sounds good too, thanks to a Phoenix Auto Bomber exhaust that runs from the turbo back to the rear bumper. It accelerates impressively and we do believe it has a modified injection pump and some supporting fuel mods that were added in Japan. It gets up to highway speeds quite easily and sustains them comfortably. The off-the-line acceleration is especially punchy thanks to the broad torque curve. It does roll a tad bit of coal under load so be advised your local Prius owner isn't going to be your biggest fan and won't be buying you a pint of Kombucha at the bar! Still, it puts a smile on your face and it's hard not to stay out of the throttle. If you have an adventure planned the robust drivetrain won't let you down. The center, front and rear differentials can be engaged to get you out of the muck. The brakes have been refreshed with new pads at all four corners. They operate flawlessly and can safely handle the 5,000lb plus curb weight of the 80. The handling is refined and insulates well against road imperfections, and one of our trained techs has replaced the rear shocks with new ones. The all-terrain 35" rubber is freshly mounted on Deerfield Baja Spec wheels. The new tires not only look great, but will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.