1995 Toyota Land Cruiser VX
Stock Number: 4372
Driving a big, imposing, Right Hand Drive, 80 Series Land Cruiser makes you feel like a big kid. While the Tonka-trunk look may be a big draw, there is a practical side to ownership that makes for a compelling case when considering these big 'utes. As this generation Cruiser was produced here in the USA, parts, and service solutions are readily available. Many stateside versions have been ridden hard and put away wet, and are typically sold with double the miles of our Japanese examples. Refinished in a classic Charcoal Metallic, the body is in good shape other than the typical small dings and chips that come from normal use. Sporting an off-road aesthetic, this 1995 Land Cruiser sports tinted rainguards, Euro-style LED tails, a 3" suspension lift, and oversized rolling stock. The exterior styling alludes to this vehicle's overland capabilities, in stark comparison to the upscale, generously appointed cabin.
Utilizing the OEM running boards, one can hoist themselves up to the cabin. The dash design for the 1995s were all new and looks more sleek and ergonomic. A wood grain steering wheel with airbag and a wood grain shifter add some flair to the cockpit. Power amenities such as locks, mirrors, and windows are standard in the model. The driver has full command of the road with a large windscreen, tall ride height, and skinny pillars. An offroad gauge suite is mounted by the sunroof control, offering an unobstructed view of the road ahead for the pilot. The dash is in good shape and is devoid of any cracks, discoloration, and distortion. The door cards and headliner are in good shape, matching the Alcantara seats that were included in the VX Limited models. Expensive Clazzio leather fitter seat cover protects both rows and modernizes the look of the interior. A digital climate system allows for this Land Cruiser to keep all passengers to be comfortable in all four seasons. Originally a third row equipped vehicle, the rearmost row has been removed, but the rear climate zones work and sliding windows are still helpful. Also, the head unit has been removed, and there are some small scratches on some of the plastic bits, but this a 25-year-old car after all.
The rugged 4WD underpinnings on this SUV are legendary. Utilizing a silky smooth 4476cc inline-six gasoline powerplant and front and rear LSDs, the 80 is ready for inclement weather and any unpredictable road conditions. The 1FZ-FE benefits from a fresh oil and filter service and a set of plugs. These engines are known for lasting over a half-million miles, and with only 129K verified miles, this baby is just getting broken in. With the twist of a key, the 1FE fires up and sets into a constant idle. Torque flows through an automatic transmission, and the gearing is suited well for US roadways. Said transmission shifts like butter, and goes through the cogs without a clunk or hesitation. Grip is handled by some oversized knobby tires, and the OEM wheels have been replaced with aftermarket alloys. The 3" lift suits the overall look of the car, and it feels stable when cornering. Power-assisted steering is easy to articulate and somewhat light, and the brakes do a wonderful job of slowing down this heavy rig.
As a practical, unique, and capable SUV the 80 is tough to beat. Up to date on maintenance, and legally imported with full documentation, this Cruiser is a Japanese Classic through and through!
*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.