1993 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Limited
The Land Cruiser HDJ81's are no doubt a beast on the streets and even more so when the pavement stops. These trucks became a legend with their big, brick, styling and the do-it-all practicality. Our latest arrival is this 1993 turbo diesel that has been exceptionally well maintained. The Toyota Dark Green Pearl (6M1) paint seriously glistens out in the sunlight and is an appropriate color for a truck of this nature. Tinted privacy windows and gray accent stripes help tie it all together. A classic set of 16" Mickey Thompson wheels were just wrapped in a fresh set of 35" knobbies. The wheels and tires give off that Tonka Truck vibe that we all loved as a kid, but for once they're actually functional unlike our toys were. The paint and body show remarkably well for it's age which leads me to suspect that it was resprayed at some point in it's lifetime. Save for a few routine door dings, the body is very straight and everything closes up nice and tightly. Unfortunately pictures just don't do this truck justice which is a shame, but I know it's next owner will appreciate that fact.
As great as the exterior looks, the interior shows just as well if not better. Thanks in part to a set of custom leather seat covers, both front and rear have held up particularly well. The two tone black and grey not only looks great but does a great job of preventing any staining from showing through from things like dirty feet getting in and out. Even the floor mats are free of any rips or stains. Traditionally door panels are prone to excessive wear and tear from opening and closing, other areas like dashes are prone to sun damage. We're pleased to say that this one has made it through it's stint in Japan without falling victim to any of that. While known more for their off road abilities, the interior is shockingly well appointed. All of the electronic goodies are here; power windows, mirrors, cruise control, power seats, automatic climate control, and even a center console cool box. The sunroof is operating properly and helps to let in ample lighting, we are however waiting on a replacement gasket for it. A wood grain Nardi wheels replaces the clunky original one and helps step up the look of the interior. The newer double din is a quality upgraded but has limited functionality here in the US. Luckily since it's now wired for it replacing it out with a more US friendly one should be a breeze.
The real gem is hidden under the massive hood, the 1HD-T 4.2L turbo diesel is a rock. The largest diesel offered at the time and the only turbo; that way it can get out of it's own way on the highway. With only 144K miles, in the diesel world this thing is just getting broken in. Not only is this VX fitted with the best of the motors offered, it's also a K295 trim. Which means that this is fitted with front and rear LSD as well as the Center Diff Lock. Making this just as capable making a run to Costco as it is fording a river. Mechanically the engine bay and undercarriage are impressively clean making this truck really the best of both worlds. The straight six has been left largely all stock, in order to help it breath a bit easier a Suxon exhaust was fitted. Anyone familiar with a tire setup like this knows that it's going to be a bit louder under way than a set of passenger tires. Otherwise the Cruiser is great around town. Visibility is exceptional sitting up this high, and the torque is always on tap. The 4.2L fires right up and makes all the right noises you'd expect from a proper diesel. Something this well preserved is going to make someone incredibly happy for many years 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 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.