1993 Toyota LC Prado SX
Stock Number: 4981
The Land Cruiser Prado is every bit as good on the road as it is off. Beloved for its rugged and reliable nature, this 1993 Prado SX is a fantastic rig. Powered by a stubborn turbodiesel and underpinned by 4WD, this SUV is surprisingly refined and even features the desirable third row. Finished in a one-off Onyx Black and accented by matching black alloys and OEM rain guards, the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings and chips. Legally imported and recently serviced this rare truck means business and is a certified Japanese Classic.
The interior is clean, spacious, and has held up well over the years. That's not to say it's perfect as there are some light dash cracks and a missing ashtray to note. Still, overall, the interior is remarkable at a quarter-century old. The view of the road ahead is clean and the tall ride height allows for the driver to see above traffic. The pilot benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column as well as power locks and windows. In Japan, the OEM steering wheel was swapped out for a Volante wood grain unit. The old head unit was also swapped for a fully functional touchscreen Clarion unit. The rest of the cabin remains as it was designed by Toyota and includes some other nice touches. A manual climate control system with A/C is standard and intuitive to use and the seating is upholstered in a tidy blue and gray textured cloth. When the vehicle arrived in the states, it had seat covers installed that were showing some age but worked wonderfully to keep the cloth protected. No major rips stains or tears are present in either of the three rows. The rear jump seats also stow away on the d-pillar to create a bit more cargo room and the second row folds forward as well. The headliner is clean as are the carpets, and the door cards are tightly upholstered. Privacy tint surrounds the rear portion of the Prado and keeps interior temps down in the summer months.
Under the long thin bonnet is a brutish 1KZ-TE turbodiesel. Fresh off an oil and filter service the massive four-banger diesel turns over quickly thanks to a new 12V battery. The engine idles smoothly and produces prodigious amounts of torque off the line. The Prado pulls strong up to highway speeds and is geared properly for sustained highway use here in the US. The odometer notes 47K miles, and although we couldn't verify if that's original and the truck is being sold as unverified miles, she sure feels fresh! The selective four-wheel-drive system can be driven in 2WD to save some pennies on fuel and even includes a low-range gearset. If the going gets really tough, HUB lock is available with the press of a cabin mounted button. The suspension is compliant for overlanding and the short overhangs are handy offroad. Toyota fashioned some fancy standard dampers to this rig and they actually can adjust the firmness on the fly. The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate. The alloy wheels are all wrapped in new tires. The all-terrain rubber looks great and will provide plenty of grip over loose surfaces for thousands of miles to come.
These stellar-looking trucks are inexpensive to own, fund to drive, and can even fit seven folks. Collectible, rare, and rugged this Japanese Classic won't last long!
*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