1993 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81
Pending Sale: $21,995
Stock Number: 4623
Long known for their for its capabilities off the beaten path Toyota's long lineage of 4x4 Land Cruisers spans over seven decades. The Land Cruiser 80 Series vehicles are among the most reliable and capable vehicles Toyota has ever produced. This particular '93 comes to us in rather nice condition with a mere 119K verified miles. These trucks became a legend with their imposing dimensions, iconic styling, and the do-it-all practicality. Fitted with a generally bulletproof turbo diesel, a plethora of appointments, and enough ground clearance to get you wherever you need to go regardless of the weather outside. Originally Dark Blueish Gray (183) it has since undergone a full-color change to Super Black. The color swap was well done and shows really well. Barring a typical scratch in the clear or a few stone chips it's in fantastic shape. The body is equally clean with only a few routine door dings, otherwise, this big bruiser looks fantastic. The OEM bodywork needs little help, however, if you're looking to build a massive rig anything stateside for the 80 series will overlap leaving you a blank canvas to work with.
With the exception of an aftermarket head unit, the interior has been left all stock. If it's not broke 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. The seat base on the driver's side does show a little bit of wear but is free of the more concerning rips or bolster breakdown. Both the front and rear have been kept stain free which is impressive on anything 27 years old. The burl wood veneer center console adds for a nice pop-up color between the front seats. You also have the awesome factory "CoolBox" as well as your heated seat controls which are a bit of a rarity for the era. 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 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 probably want to swap out something more US friendly.
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. Engine startup is robust, and the 4.2L mill clatters to life as if it were a typical gas motor. The difference from its gas counterpart can be felt immediately from the very bottom of the powerband. While the power is similar its the torque that sets these 1HD's apart from the 4.5L sold here stateside. The automatic transmission shifts well, albeit, with little urgency, this is a massive offroader after all. The big 'ol beasts have no issues getting up to highway speeds and cruise well at 70mph. Equipped with front and rear limited-slip differentials make rough terrain more manageable and a center locking differential can be utilized through a dash-mounted switch. 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. Four new Falken all terrains also help to ensure that all of that power can firmly make it to the ground. The brakes are confident and the steering is surprisingly on the lighter side of things. This brooding 'ute still drives great and is an ideal choice for a daily driver. Bulletproof reliability, iconic looks, and rather lavishly appointed, what more could you ask for?
*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.