1993 Toyota LC Prado J78
This 1993 J78 Prado is an absolute showstopper. Finished in a fresh coat of TRD Army Green, and set off by a set of Black 15" alloys, metal bumpers, and some OEM rainguards, the aesthetic alludes to the fact that this 4x4 is all business! Aside from a few minor blemishes, the body looks in good shape and the drive is even more impressive. Powered by the legendary 1KZ-TE turbo diesel, this recently serviced rig is turn-key ready to roll. Spacious, practical, and reliable, this stylish Land Cruiser is a fantastic option for a kid hauler, trail rig, or weekend cruiser. For the JDM purist who wants a more unique SUV, this wonderful Toyota could be your Japanese Classic!
The cabin is spacious and packed with power amenities and some decent upgrades. This Prado seats five and features functional power windows, locks, and electric mirrors. It even has cold A/C and a Clarion head unit so it's also relatively modern. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding. The dash is in good condition aside from an inch-long cut located by the glovebox. The controls and switchgear are all at hand and simple to use. A Nardi leather steering wheel adds a bit of class to the cabin and the interior is as it left the factory otherwise. The headliner and carpets are in good nick, and like the seats, have been well cared for over the years. Beyond a bit of light driver's side bolster wear, it's really hard to complain about the upholstery. Lacking any major rips, holes, or tears they are comfortable on long trips and the driver side even has adjustable hip bolsters. Best of all, the original books and manuals are included for posterity, which the next owners will surely enjoy.
It's easy to love this drivetrain for a multitude of reasons. The 3.0L is fairly efficient, has plenty of torque, and is known for its durability. Ours is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to two new 12v batteries. It idles with confidence and a new engine air filter was added in our shop for good measure. The four-banger is mated to a selective transfer case that allows the driver to choose between two and four-wheel drive. The hubs can be locked from inside the cabin and a low gear set is available if the going gets tough. Acceleration is impressive for a 5,000-pound truck, and although the mileage is unknown/unverified, the 1KZ pulls hard until redline. Sustained highway cruising is comfortable and the TEMS adjustable suspension and long-wheelbase lend themselves to a stable ride. The brakes feel confident and a new steering stabilizer keeps the whole rig feeling good at speed. To complete the shop work, our guys installed four brand new all-season Falken tires. The grippy all-terrain rubber looks good and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of premium year-round grip 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.