1994 Land Cruiser Prado SX
The Land Cruiser is a brand in and of itself, beloved by off-road enthusiasts around the world. They have proven themselves to be tough as nails and one chassis stands out among the rest. The KZJ78 has a track record as a contender for the best overland vehicle ever produced, and rises above an impressive lineage of reliable and capable trail demolishing four-wheel drives. This 1994 Prado SX is offered with only 136k verified and documented miles, and its 3.0L turbo diesel engine is just barely broken in and paired to a rare five-speed manual transmission. Finished in Dark Emerald Pearl over Silver (24V) Two-Tone, this SX is set off by its one off color matched silver roof, LED tail lights, and tough looking D-window aftermarket wheels adding to the aggressive look. The body and paint are in great shape, aside from some light scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal use, and previous repairs in Japan note a new right front door. At nearly 30 years old it’s still in its prime and shows extremely well. As a daily driver and fully capable overlander, this collectible and reliable Toyota is surely up for any challenge and is a certified Japanese Classic.
Once inside the cabin, you'll find the interior is in above-average condition and was well taken care of by its previous owner in Japan. The grey cloth seats featuring blue accents are in great condition lacking any notable rips, stains or tears. Still plush and soft to the touch the seats have held up well over the years and the collapsible rear seats flip forward allowing for plenty of storage. This mid-size SUV comfortably seats five grown adults with plenty of head and foot room for all. Once inside the cockpit, an aftermarket leather MOMO steering wheel adds a little more sport to this sport utility vehicle. The fully functioning power windows, power mirrors and power locks add a more daily drivable feel to this weekend wilderness warrior. The dash and door cards lack any cracks or distortion, but the factory Japanese frequency radio has been removed allowing the new owner to install their radio of choice. The climate control lacks all the fluff of modern vehicles, keeping it simple, and delivers ice cold A/C or hot heat on demand. The headliner is still in great condition but does show some sagging indicative with its age. This Prado may be preowned, but it was well cared for by its previous owner and ready for its next chapter in life here stateside.
The proven 1KZ-TE turbo diesel power plant tucked under the hood is well known for its reliability and efficiency. In collaboration with the 5-speed manual transmission and selective 4WD transfer case this capable off-roader will perform year-round in all conditions. With the installation of two brand new batteries, cold starts are instantaneous and the four-cylinder idles with confidence. Thanks to a fresh oil and filter service this torquey three liter pulls hard until redline. A new clutch and slave cylinder make sure that you can matte the trottle on the highway and do just fine! Sustained highway cruising is enjoyable, and the new Profender front and rear shocks provide a comfortable ride quality while also meeting the demands of the casual off-roader. While navigating more demanding trails a low four-wheel drive gear can be selected and the hubs can be locked from inside the cabin along with a locking rear differential. While descending any large inclines the brand-new front and rear brake pads feel firm and power assisted steering is precise. The chrome D-window wheels have been wrapped in brand new Falken Wildpeak tires and will last for thousands of miles to come and suit the aggressive look of this Prado quite well. As far as capable manual overlanders go, this is as good as it gets and wears its crown with pride.
*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.