1993 LC Prado EX
The 70 series Cruisers are such neat trucks. They straddle the line between the past and present, and happen to be tremendous daily drivers for those who might think these things are antiques or just for collectors. This 1993 has been refinished in a one-off Biscayne White and comes with a couple of aesthetic and performance upgrades. Set off by a 3" lift, privacy tint, 15" alloys, and a set of OEM rainguards, the paint is in good nick aside from some minor scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal use. Capable, collectible, and tough, this rig touts trademark Toyota quality and is unlike anything you'll see on the road. Recently serviced and legally imported this iconic ride can be yours today!
When entering the cabin a few things immediately stand out. The wood grain Nardi steering wheel and leather fitted seat covers deliver a much more premium feel than your typical J78. The size of the cabin is astonishing too, with plenty of room for five adults and cargo. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding. Like many of these Toyotas, there are some dash cracks of note, and we also wanted to mention a US radio will be required to replace the faulty Japanese one. The headliner and door cards have withstood major abuse over the years, and the carpets haven't taken any either all showing very well. Even air conditioning is available for these hot summer months, and it has plenty of electric equipment like a functional electric sunroof, windows, locks, and mirrors that make daily use enjoyable. As a whole, the cabin was obviously cared for in a prior life and it shows.
Under the skin, the Prado is underpinned by a sturdy body-on-frame platform. A 3" lift with ProComp shocks adds to the brutish look, and the Land Cruiser rides better than you might expect for a vehicle with roots dating back to the early 80s. The engine is a gem and is fresh off an oil and filter service. The 1KZ-TE starts up promptly thanks to two new 12v batteries and benefits from a new valve cover gasket to keep it topped up on lubricant. The 3.0L connects to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox and a selective transfer case. It gets up to highway speeds impressively for a 5000LB truck and it's peppy around town, too. Although we couldn't verify the miles due to a gauge cluster swap done in Japan and as such being sold as unknown miles, the 1KZ pulls hard to redline and feels fresh as a daisy. If you go off the beaten path 4WD can be engaged, and the hubs can be electronically locked. Of course, if you get into some really bad stuff the 4WD low option is handy to have on standby. The steering is light, making parking stress free, and the brakes have been refreshed by one of our trained techs. The rear pads were done while the vehicle was getting a rear axle seal replaced, adding some reassurance for those behind the wheel. The 15's are wrapped in new Falken 33" all-terrain tires at all four corners. The new rubber looks killer and 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.