1992 Toyota Land Cruiser VX 80 Series
Stock Number: 4868
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a statement in itself, and one of the most iconic trucks ever built. In one iteration or another, these vehicles have been in production for almost seven decades for a reason. This HDJ81 is optioned with the unstoppable 4.2L 1HD-T turbodiesel, triple lockers, and a very capable automatic transmission. Originally Light Beige Metallic (4K1) its since undergone a full-on color swap to Super Black which looks wicked on these trucks. Toyota didn't offer black on the Land Cruisers at the time so it's a really popular color swap since it looks so darn good. The respray was done rather well, though it is evident that this wasn't original. They did go so far as to paint all of the jambs which is the proper way to do a conversion. The engine bay is the only thing that hints at the original color, and being an all-stock truck it's not like that's something that will be getting too much show at the end of the day. Barring a few routine little door dings the body on this big body SUV has been well preserved over the years. Aside from the color change, the exterior has been left largely all stock. It does sport a set of 16" Crag Work wheels wrapped in new Falken 30" All-Terrains which give it a bit more of an imposing look. It even has the factory optioned Winch which we don't see too often.
The interior is packed full of features and amenities. While fully capable offroad, most of us will be spending our time running errands around town so you want something you can actually enjoy spending time in. With the exception of an aftermarket head unit, the interior has been left all stock. If it's not broken then why fix it, right? Toyota has always been known for its quality and the interior really reflects that. Aside from the plethora of electronic goodies, the materials they chose have proven to hold up much better than the competition. The 80 has copious amounts of interior headroom and legroom with its plush seating arrangement. The two-tone Alcantara looks great and has been kept in fantastic shape over the years. With the exception of some slight discoloration to the seats, there's really not much to complain about. The carpet is plush, but also easy to clean if dirt finds its way into the cabin from the trail or just the grocery store parking lot. This one sports all of the hard-to-find options like heated seats, CoolBox center console, and even cruise control. The wood grain veneer makes for a nice contrast off the interior colors and adds a little bit of class to the interior. Of course, all of the other typical amenities of the era were present; automatic climate control with cold A/C, power sunroof, cruise control, power windows/mirrors/locks. The automatic climate control has large easy to read buttons and works as it should for these upcoming spring days. For the days that you don't need the A/C, you've got a massive sunroof and OEM rain guards all around. The expansive dash is also in good shape and lacks any major damage including cracks or discoloration from sun damage which can be a real issue over time. The aftermarket head unit does work so we were able to make sure that the speakers functioned, however, you'll still probably want to swap out something more US friendly. At the top of the windshield is a compass and altimeter to add to the off-road practicality.
Underneath the massive hood is Toyota's tried and true 1HD-T 4.2 straight-six. These torquey beasts are known for being bulletproof and have surprisingly little vibration. With only 144K verified miles the startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life and sounds like a proper diesel should which is something stateside Cruisers can claim. From the bottom of the powerband, a noticeable difference in acceleration can be felt from its gasoline-powered counterpart. The automatic transmission shifts well, albeit with little urgency. The lumbering giant has no issues getting up to highway speeds and is plenty happy cruising at 70mph. With the nature of the oversized rubber, there is a bit of road noise that comes with it, but anyone familiar with these setups is typically used to that. Power is sent to all four wheels, but for the off-road die-hards, not just any four-wheel-drive system makes the cut. Take all the sand, snow, and gravel you want to throw this SUV's way because, with a turn of the dial, triple locking differentials can be engaged. Normally we see these equipped with the electronic LSD front and rear so this a rare upgrade. While most of us aren't exactly planning on hitting the backcountry in one of these, it does make your normal day-to-day life in sketchy weather far more reassuring. The power steering heavily assisted so parking and city driving becomes quite civil due to the light steering weight. The brakes do a good job of reeling down the big UTE, though make no mistake this isn't a race car. The maintenance is all up to date and ready to go. Aside from those new Falkens, it's also sporting a fresh air filter, and new front brake pads. This brooding 'ute still drives great and is an ideal choice for a daily driver. For those of you looking for the ultimate in on and off-road capability then look no further. The diesel 80 series can do it all in comfort and style.
*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.