1992 Ultimate Toyota Land Cruiser

Sold: $24,995

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Stock Number: 4309

Just arriving stateside, we now present the Holy Grail of Land Cruisers. This 1992 HDJ81 is optioned with the unstoppable 4.2L 1HD-T turbodiesel, triple lockers, and a five-speed manual transmission. Offered with only 73K verified miles, this bruiser is finished in Dark Bluish Gray (183), the body is in good shape other than the minor scuffs, chips, and dings associated with normal use. As any enthusiast is aware, this type of trim level 80 series is impossible to find, and are known for their capability, longevity, and performance. Up to date on maintenance, with all documentation, this rare find is ready to conquer anything you put in front of it.

Climbing onto the OEM running boards to get into the cabin, it's clear that you'll never be short on room. The 80 has copious amounts of interior headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. The rugged nature of the Cruiser is reflected in some of the interior appointments. Grab handles are everywhere, and an altimeter and compass gauge suite are mounted at the top of the windscreen. Visibility is decent, due to the skinny A-pillars, low slung dash, and overall ride height. The dash itself is in good shape and lacks any major damage including cracks or discoloration. The gauges are all easy to read, and all the climate control buttons are large and can be depressed while wearing snow gloves. The gauges all function as they should, and the climate control doles out hot heat while A/C compressor does the same for cold air. The only modification to the interior is a newer JVC head unit. It powers the speakers properly and actually features an auxiliary input. The power windows actually have a driver one-touch button, which and can provide some quick interior ventilation. To supplement that, a factory sunroof can tilt or retract if necessary and brings some natural light into the cabin. The front buckets are in good shape, are the driver's seat has power-adjustable lumbar. That's not to say the interior is perfect and there is some light plastic warping on the leading edge of the front doors and the tilt column is now fixed in place. On the positive side, the headliner is nearly perfect, and the droopy sun visors which affect many Land Cruisers we sell are actually undamaged in this one. The seats are in above average shape in both rows, and the blue and gray cloth is soft to the touch. Devoid of any major blemishes such as rips, holes, or tears we feel like this indicates the old owners really cared for this particular truck. Another clue that this car was loved was the copies amounts of Japanese service records found in the glove box; those are to be included in the sale along with the owner's manual and spare key. The cargo area has been taken care of, and the carpet and plastics all are in place.

The underpinnings of this HDJ81 are what dreams are made of. The 4166cc mill makes all the right sounds and starts up immediately. Providing crazy amounts of low end, the diesel is mated nicely to the manual transmission. Rowing through the gears is really fun, however, piloting something this large with a stick is an experience. The gearbox itself is smooth all gears can be accessed without any hitches or grinding to note. Power is sent to all four wheels, but for the off-road die hards, not just any four-wheel-drive system won't cut it. 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. For use on the tarmac, Toyotas TEMS electronic suspension can handle bumps large and small without a complaint. The power steering heavily assisted so parking and city driving becomes quite civil due to the light steering weight. The brakes, which benefit from freshly turned rotors, stop this hulking five-seater with ease. New Falken All-terrain tires are mounted at all four corners over forged chrome SSR Auswuch two-piece rolling stock.

The collectibility of these HDJ80 Toyotas is already pushing the JDM market upward, with no end in sight. The low, verified miles, manual transmission, and triple locking differentials make this example the pinnacle of desirability. With its bulletproof reputation and fantastic condition make this an instant 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.

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