1992 Land Cruiser 4.2TD
Toyota's 80 series Land Cruiser is big, brash and in your face right out of the box. Slap in an unstoppable turbo diesel inline-6 and eye-popping aesthetics and you're sure to turn heads from the trails to the tarmac. Our Digital Teal (M9U) HDJ81 is a great example of the chassis, and has racked up a measly 133k verified/documented miles since rolling off the production line in 1992. Accented by OEM rainguards, LED tail lamps and a sleek set of Mickey Thompson alloys, this head turning color-shift Cruiser looks the part, and the paint has only a few minor imperfections from daily use. Rolling on a 2" Rancho lift, this heavy duty cruiser is as attractive as it is capable, and it's easy to see why we'd call this strictly business rig a real deal Japanese Classic.
Compared to our stateside Cruisers, Japan championed the cloth interior over our more popular leather options. For us classic vehicle enthusiasts, this means less wear and tear, more comfort, and it's clear to see this one was cared for well in a prior life. The dash is in remarkable shape and has resisted the typical cracking and distortion seen on the 80 series. The center stack is still stocked with creature comforts, and a dual zone automatic climate control system works like a charm from all areas of the cabin, spewing out cold A/C and hot heat on command. The upholstery on the heated front seats is free of any major rips, stains, or other imperfections, the headliner is taut against the roof, and the shag style carpet underneath is in good nick outside of some light staining. The rear bench comfortably seats three additional passengers, and can fold fully forward to create a bevy of cargo space in the rear. For added accessibility, power windows, power folding mirrors, and locks work like a charm, and a power moonroof slides fore and aft without hesitation. A woodgrain steering wheel replaces the flimsy factory unit and feels much better in your palms overall. The OEM coolbox is functional and makes for a good conversation starter on road trips with friends. It features a chilled compartment for your beverages and even an OEM ice maker! Since no cabin is completely perfect, we did want to note the OEM audio has given up the ghost and there's some typical wear to the touch points, but overall this classic 80 series is well suited for whoever owns this beast next.
As if the exterior styling wasn't iconic enough, the 4.2 turbodiesel under the bonnet comes with high regards! A durable, punchy inline 6, these motors come with a great track record and our trained technicians have given this one a once-over and comprehensive tune up service for the road ahead! The 1HD-T cranks over with haste, care of 2 new US spec 12v batteries, and chugs along smoothly at idle. A fresh oil and filter service was performed, and new serpentine belts were installed across the board to reliably drive your accessories. A new fuel filter was installed, too, and this HDJ81 zips right up to highway speeds and an aftermarket exhaust helps push some ponies through the turbodiesel and provides a great soundtrack in the process! The automatic gearbox rows up and down the gears with ease, and full time 4WD is always on hand for inclement weather conditions and trips through the trails. A center locking differential can be deployed if you become mired in the muck, and the lifted suspension pays dividends over road imperfections large and small while still feeling stable and comfortable at higher speeds. The brakes reel this beast in when called upon, and the power steering is surprisingly easy to maneuver as well. The Mickey Thompson alloys are wrapped in 35" Falken All-Terrains. Not only do they look fantastic and ride like butter, they're sure to deliver grip in whatever conditions present themselves!
*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.