1995 J78 Land Cruiser
The 70 Series Land Cruiser is about to enter its fourth decade of production next year. The muscular styling, durable diesel powerplant, and surefooted 4WD made this model a winner from the beginning. This 1995 is a wonderful example, finished in a stately Red Pearl over Oyster (25Z) two-tone. Set off by a set of 15" WEDS wheels, a polished OEM brushguard with oversized amber fog lamps, roof ladder, and subtle rainguards. The paint is in good shape aside from some scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal wear and tear. Aside from its space and capability, enthusiasts will love its real-deal manual gearbox which makes the driving experience much more of an experience. Fresh off a recent service, this terrific Toyota boasts a mere 160k verified and documented miles on the clock. Cool, collectible, and unique, this timeless Toyota is the definition of a Japanese Classic!
The interior is full of electric options and is in good shape overall. The driver benefits from electric lumbar support and tilt adjustable steering wheel to find the ideal driving position. Headroom is plentiful for all, and the Land Cruiser features functional heat, A/C, and upgraded Pioneer audio ready to blast some tunes. All these items work like a charm, as do the power windows, electric locks, and mirrors. The seats are upholstered in a textured tan cloth. The material lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and is soft to the touch. The rare and desirable stow-away rear jump seats are on hand and the middle row can tumble forward to maximize cargo room. The headliner is in good nick as are the door cards, and the carpets have withstood the past twenty-five years without sustaining major damage. Aside from a few tiny holes on the center armrest, it's hard to critique the cockpit. Best of all the dashboard lacks the typical cracks and is another sign this car was cared for overseas in Japan.
The body-on-frame platform is sturdy and can take loads of abuse. Lengthened from the original two-door model, the J78 four door boasts more cabin space and offers a more stable ride at higher speeds. Powering this rig is the nearly bulletproof 1KZ-TE. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L churns to life care of a new 12v battery. One of our trained techs took care of a new fuel filter and the four-banger feels strong as an ox, with its abundant low-end torque. The 2972cc mill is linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Gear shifts are rewarding and the ratios are such that the Cruiser is happy to blast down the highway and still feel peppy from stoplight to stoplight around town. The driveline was refreshed with new fluid in the transfer case and both the front and rear differentials. We also added a desirable set of new OEM manual lockers for the off-road types! The trailing arm bushings are also new, and to polish it all off new shocks were replaced at each corner. The ride feels predictable while tons of ground clearance is afforded for any beach excursions. The brakes are confident and the power steering is light and direct. To ensure an above-average road feel, a new steering stabilizer was installed while it was up on the lift. Lastly, we mounted and balanced four new 31" Falken A/Ts at each corner to the Weds Keeler rolling stock. They look mean and most importantly reduce road noise, and 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.