1994 Toyota LC VX Limited
Pending Sale: $18,995
Stock Number: 4634
While Japanese cars and trucks tend to be on the smaller side, body-on-frame SUVs such as this 1994 Land Cruiser 80 are the exception. Offered with a mere 103K verified miles, this roomy 4x4 has been redone in a one-off Obsidian Black. The body is in good shape other than a few minor scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal use, and has been updated by LED taillights and OEM rain guards. The silky smooth 4.5L inline-six is renowned for its durability and low cost of ownership, and this recently serviced Cruiser makes for one of the easiest ownership experiences of any platform we retail.
The interior is in above-average shape for an 80. Sure it's not perfect, as evidenced by the worn shifter and a few light plastic scuffs, but then again, what 26-year-old vehicle would be? Power equipment is everywhere and this VX limited boats several factory optional upgrades. Those include the built-in "CoolBox" refrigerator and a power-retractable sunroof. Other standard items include power windows, door locks, and mirrors. Unlike lesser trimmed models, dual-zone A/C and front heated seats are in good working shape currently. The seats trimmed in Alcantara are in good shape and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. They are supportive, and the second row can be hinged forward to create massive cargo capacity or makeshift sleeping quarters. There were a few decent upgrades added in Japan including a working Clarion head unit with auxiliary input and faux wood grain dash accents. The dash itself looks good and lacks any age-related distortion or cracking. The carpets, headliner, and door cards have also held up well over the years.
The bones of this rig are simple yet robust. The 4.5L 1FZ-FE is one of Toyota's best-built engines of this era, and that's really saying something. Fresh off an oil and filter service, no scheduled maintenance is due for another 3,000 miles. Ignition is trouble-free and the gasoline powerplant whirrs to life with the twist of a key. A mellow exhaust tone is quite pleasing thanks to a rather expensive Gandor exhaust. The cooling system benefits from a new radiator and a fresh coolant change. Power is sent through an automatic transmission to all four wheels, all the time. The system does feature a driver selective transfer case if the going gets tough, and the low gear set can be particularly nice to have in certain parts of the country. Power delivery is seamless and the slushbox shifts as it should without any major hesitation or clunking. The factory TEMS suspension rides well, and the brakes feel confident thanks to a set of new rear pads. Steering the big behemoth is easy due to a functional power steering system and the five-spoke alloys all feature new oversized Falken rolling stock. They can handle the tarmac just as well as loose surfaces, and give the truck the right aesthetic.
*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.