1995 Land Cruiser Prado 78
Stock Number: 4717
The Toyota Land Cruiser is known globally as one of the most capable and reliable vehicles ever designed. Produced for nearly seven decades, the 78 series four-door trucks are amongst the most iconic ever built. Its rugged looks are backed up by the most desirable powertrain ever fitted to these trucks, a 1KZ-TE turbo diesel with an extremely capable 4WD system. Whilst largely stock, this one does have a key difference from the typical Prado that we see, and that is the color. A little update to TRD Lunar Rock gives this truck a whole new lease on life. The color swap appears to have been well done as it shows great. The updated two-tone gray and black gives this one a particularly tough look. Luckily since it was black beforehand the jambs match the two-tone scheme of the truck, so when you go to pop the hood or open the doors the color scheme flows nicely. The new 31" Falken All Terrains really drive home the point that this isn't your typical mall crawler, these were actually built to perform. The body is in surprisingly good shape with only your typical door ding or two to report.
The interior of this LC is surprisingly well equipped. While the model dates back to the '70s, Toyota warmed over the interior several times to keep it current. For instance, a tilt column and power windows, locks, and mirrors are all standards. The dash does have some flaws by way of a few small cracks, presumably from sun damage over the years, as well as an old GPS mount that was removed. However, if that's about the worst of things then it's not much to complain about when we're talking about a 25-year-old rig. The previous owner did take some preventative measures to ensure that the interior was kept up with, for instance, a set of killer seat covers were fitted. These aren't those cheap universal fit covers that you pick up at Autozone either, these are form-fitted and look like they could have been done by the factory. It feels like the seats underneath are still in good condition as far as bolstering is concerned. While we couldn't verify the condition it feels safe to say they're in good shape since these were typically added in an effort to thwart any errant stains or tears. While its not uncommon for these to come with the factory optioned 3rd row, it is a little surprising to find them still present. It's rather common for the 3rd row to get stripped out of both the 70 and 80 series cruisers. The jump seats are a great system since they can be tucked against the side of the cabin when not in use so you don't have to sacrifice all of your cargo capacity. We typically don't see these fitted with the covers since it wasn't a standard option, so we can at least tell you for sure that they're in great shape. A wood grain Nardi wheel replaces the stock one and makes for a classy upgrade that feels great in the hand. The door cards are in good shape, and the pattern is quintessential '90s with its blue/gray striped pattern. The carpeting and headliner fit the same bill and have been kept up nicely over the years. The factory rain guards are a nice touch to help cut down on wind buffeting and allow for some extra ventilation in inclement weather when you don't want to run the A/C.
The underpinnings of the platform are about as robust and reliable as it gets. The 3.0L 1KZ-TE turbo diesel is known for its bulletproof reliability and abundance of torque off hand. With a mere 114K verified miles this Cruiser is ready to tackle whatever you have to throw at it. Without a doubt, the 3.0L was the best motor never offered here and infamous for being nearly indestructible. The large four-cylinder fires up quickly for being a diesel and sounds as tough as it looks. Make no bones about it, this isn't your neighbor's F350 with a 5" exhaust but it does have the trademark diesel clatter we all love. Idle is as smooth as a huge four-cylinder can be, and the sound isn't terribly invasive in the cabin with the windows up. This reliable turbo diesel gets up to highway speed quickly and effortlessly considering the size of the tires. There is a little bit of tire whine at speeds due to the nature of the All Terrains that a more traditional all season wouldn't have. Luckily though, most familiar with this sort of setup already know what they're dealing with. The stout automatic transmission shifts well, and the robust 4WD system will get you out of any bind. While most of us will never do any serious wheeling, this thing is built to tackle whatever you can throw at it; even if it is just a trip to the market in the season's first snowstorm. The Prado tracks well and handles large bumps and road imperfections with confidence. When the going gets tough, the electronic locking differentials can be engaged. The automatic pairs nicely with the size of the Prado as most don't want to be rowing gears sitting in traffic on your morning commute. Unique and useful offroaders like the 70 are tough to find here stateside, let alone with a drivetrain this robust. In a world full of imposter SUVs this Prado is a real standout. Fully capable both on and off-road, killer looks, and room for the whole family to tag along, what more could you ask for?
*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.