1993 LC Prado J78
Pending Sale: $23,995
If you're in need of an affordable, capable, and unique 4x4 this Japanese Classic is it! This 1993 Prado is highly collectible too, but if you want to know all the practical benefits of this J78 we will happily rattle them off. Seven seats, an efficient and punchy turbodiesel powertrain, and hallmark Toyota reliability can be found in one, sweet automotive package! Finished in a one-off Sumatra Black, this recently serviced rig is offered with only 154k verified and documented miles. Aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, the paint is in good nick and is set off by a retro-themed set of decals. This tasty Toyota also comes with a surprisingly plush cabin with plenty of room for friends and their cargo. It happens to turn more heads than autos three times as expensive, and is just as at home on a backwoods trail as it is at the local Cars & Coffee. Turn-key and ready to rock, this vintage Land Cruiser is too good to pass up, and won't last long!
The cabin was updated many times through this model's lengthy production run. As one of the later spec trucks, this J78 benefits from cold A/C, an adjustable steering column, electric locks, windows, and mirrors. All these work, making daily use enjoyable. Rarely found, this example also includes the optional electric sunroof, which adds a healthy amount of natural light and ventilation. The upholstery is in an above-average shape and features a textured, highly stylized cloth. Soft to the touch the material lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and is comfortable on long trips. The driver's unit even has power-adjustable lumbar support. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding but we did want to note the covered dash has cracked below. Aside from this and some light carpet staining, it's really hard to complain about the cabin. The headliner looks clean and lacks any sagging, and the door cards have been cared for in a prior life It even has the original owners manuals still sitting inside the glovebox! A Clarion touchscreen head unit has been installed at some point overseas and delivers a more modern aesthetic to the cabin in addition to some tunes. It sounds decent, too, but we're betting on the next owner wanting to hear the 1KZ under the hood just as much!
One of the reasons these trucks have withstood the test of time so well is the vehicle's simplistic nature. A tough body on frame design, this Land Cruiser is powered by the 1KZ-TE turbodiesel. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger turns right over with a twist of the key. It idles with confidence thanks to a new set of serpentine belts, and is connected to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox. It's fairly peppy for a 5,000LB plus SUV, and gets up to and sustains highway speeds with ease. A new water pump keeps the engine temps in check and the 3.0L is frugal on fuel. For low-speed off-roading, or rough weather situations, the transfer case has a low gear setting and the electronic hubs can be locked within the cabin. The suspension and steering are well sorted for a truck, and a new set of Panhard bushings were installed while on our lift. The brakes are confident and the wheels are all wrapped in new 31" Falken all-terrain tires. We even replaced the spare for good measure. The new rubber not only looks killer 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.