1994 Land Cruiser Prado
Available for: $27,995
Old school Land Cruisers are as hot as any collector car on the market. The durable, tough nature of these rigs is on full display with our 1994 Prado. Finished in a Dark Emerald Green over Silver two-tone (24V), the body and paint are in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Set off by some OEM rainguards, and a one-off body-matched silver roof, this Toyota turns plenty of heads. Best of all, this recently serviced J78 is equipped with the prized manual gearbox and offered with only 137k verified and documented miles. For the JDM off-road enthusiast looking for a fun, collectible, and capable 4x4, this Land Cruiser ticks all the boxes. Spacious, reliable, and nicely optioned, this Japanese Classic won't last long and is a turn-key Cruiser that can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse.
The 70 series has a spacious cabin, with plenty of head and legroom to spare. Throughout the product run, several interior updates were performed by Toyota and this 1994 has a slew of them. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, as this tall Land Cruiser rides above traffic. The dash does have some light cracking associated with sun exposure, but we have seen worse, and a custom mat can be made on the cheap. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column, power lumbar support and electric door locks, side mirrors, and windows. These all work as advertised and make daily use enjoyable. Close by is an upgraded Kenwood headunit. It works, albeit on Japanese frequencies for radio, but has an auxiliary for the smartphone generation. It has heat and cold A/C on stand by, too, in case this truck would be intended for use year-round. The blue and gray upholstery is in above-average shape and lacks any rips, stains, or tears. For those with friends and family on the go, the valuable third-row option was ticked from the factory, raising occupancy to seven. When not in use they can be folded away into the D pillar. The upholstery, carpets, and door cards have withstood major abuse over the years, and even the OEM carpet mats are on hand to protect the material underneath from soiling.
This SX is a simple vehicle under the skin. A body-on-frame platform and rugged 4WD underpin this Prado, and it is powered by the legendary 1KZ-TE. This 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts right up with the twist of a key and a new engine air filter allows the 1K to breat easy! . Two new 12v batteries have been installed here stateside, and should last for the next few years to come. The 1KZ idles with confidence and is connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. The manual does a good job of maximizing the engine's broad torque curve and makes daily driving more fun and involved. The gearbox lacks any grinding, and is mated to a selective transfer case. Low gearing can be engaged if needed, and the hubs can be electronically locked for maximum grip. Around town, the Prado has the stones to accelerate off the stop light adequately, and sustained freeway cruising is stress-free. The Land Cruiser now offers a much better ride quality than when it arrived stateside. One of our trained techs installed new shocks at all four corners and even replaced the front and rear pads while it was on the lift. This refresh has paid dividends as the Land Cruiser is much more civil on rough tarmac and boasts fewer squeaks and rattles than before. Lastly, new all-terrain tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. They reduce the road noise, look beefy, and most importantly will last for tens of thousands of miles 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 compliant 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.