1993 Toyota Land Cruiser VX 80
Stock Number: 4950
All it takes is one drive in a triple-locked, manual transmission, turbo diesel 80 series to make you feel like you're the king of the road. This 1993 VX Limited model ticks every box for the enthusiast and is highly sought after, to say the least. Finished in Dark Emerald Pearl (6M1) the truck looks, killer. With 5 new 35"x12.5" All-Terrain tires and a set of massive steel bumpers, you know that this truck means business. the body is in good shape aside from some typical small dings and scratches that anything 28 years old is bound to collect. Hands down one of the most unique things about this truck is the incredibly subtle Carbon Fiber hood. For one, you'd never expect to find a carbon hood on an SUV, let alone one that fits nearly OEM. It does have the factory Toyota stamp next to the hood latch which leads us to believe it may be factory optional, however, we haven't been able to find any proof of that. Either way, it's one of the best-fitting aftermarket hoods we've ever seen. Recently serviced and legally imported this capable, reliable, and unique Land Cruiser is a fantastic overlander and an absolute beast when the road runs out.
The cabin is in good shape overall and was obviously well cared for in Japan. The view of the road ahead is clear and the tall ride height gives a commanding view over traffic. The dash lacks any major imperfections such as cracks or distortion which do tend to plague this model. Tons of natural light fill the cabin thanks to a sunroof, while your power windows, locks, and mirrors are all standard. We did want to note that the sunroof no longer fully functions, but the privacy tint and automatic climate control do a good job of cooling the cabin down. The OEM audio was ditched at some point for an Eclipse unit that looks stylish and works as best it can with the limited frequency range. Space within the cabin is plentiful head and shoulder rooms are expansive for a Japanese ute. The interior is trimmed in a soft gray and blue upholstery. The front and rear seats have been wonderfully maintained and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The material is even soft to the touch still! The door cards, headliner, and carpets have also held up well over the years, and the cargo area is in just as good shape.
The engine and driveline are among the most reliable and refined of any Land Cruiser generation. The 1HD-T engine is fresh off an oil and filter service and turns over with the twist of the key. While the 22K miles the cluster reads weren't verified we have little concern with this motor. They've proven themselves to run forever with general maintenance. The engine idles nearly vibration-free and is connected to a very hard-to-find five-speed manual gearbox. The manual shifts as it should and makes this rig quite entertaining the drive. the four-wheel-drive system is full-time and includes high and low gearing. A locking center differential is available with the press of a button if the going gets tough. For the most difficult situations, this 80 includes front and rear mechanical lockers as well, which can be engaged with a dash-mounted dial. The suspension is actually good for Overlanding, and the truck handles road imperfections without breaking a sweat. The brakes are confident, and the power steering is light and easy to manipulate. A few performance goodies have been added as well. A full high-flow turbo-back exhaust was added and gives this diesel an impressive tone. They also integrated a catch can and open filter intake to help the bruty diesel breathe a bit easier. With everything working in unison this really is the ultimate Land Cruiser. The triple locker, 3 pedal, turbo diesel really is the holy grail; one drive and you'll know exactly why.
*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.