1995 Toyota LC Prado 3.0TD
Boxy, brutish, and beautiful all at the same time, this 1995 Land Cruiser is a bonafide head-turner. At home on a rough dirt road and reliable enough to be tasked with the daily commute over pavement, this 70 Series makes a serious statement. In 1995, when this example was built, Toyota's SUV portfolio was brimming over with top-tier products. Finished in a fresh coat of Sonoma Green (LX6R) this stylish rig is set off by an OEM optional rear tire cover, factory rainguards, privacy tint, and refinished 15" three-piece alloys that match this iconic color scheme. At only 144k verified and documented miles, the 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine is barely broken in, and this turn-key rig is fresh off a recent service. Boasting unwavering durability, Rambo-esque styling, and high collectability, this Prado is a surefire Japanese Classic. As a daily driver, weekend warrior, or titan of the trails this Toyota can truly do it all!
The cabin has tons of space for friends, family, and gear. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and shoulder, head, and leg room are about as abundant as any SUV we sell. We did want to note the dash is cracked, as many of these are, however, a fitted dash cover obscures the damage discreetly. Overhead a lovely power sunroof rests, and lets in tons of natural light to make the cabin feel larger. While the functional A/C is nice to have, we love rolling down the side windows and electric sunroof to provide a natural breeze. Even the rear quarter glass can be popped out to ventilate! For those who plan to daily drive, electric mirrors and door locks are standard, and work like a charm. A Pioneer Bluetooth touchscreen head unit upgrade doesn't hurt either, and the sound quality is decent for an SUV of this age. The front seat covers steal the show, and complement the exterior color and wheels. While there certainly was no King Ranch edition Prado offered by the fine folks at Toyota, the next best thing is these Grace Antique covers that will protect the Alcantara below, and conveniently match the wood steering wheel, too. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse and even the front and rear OEM carpeted mats are still on hand. It appears this Toyota was loved overseas and the new owner should feel the same way!
To say this model is an enduring one is an understatement. Still produced in 2023, these things have some serious staying power. Simple and sturdy, the basic design is a good reason for the platform's global reputation for durability and capability. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 1KZ-TE fires to life. As soon as it arrived a new 12v battery was chucked in, and the 3.0L benefits from a new fuel filter and engine air filter. It starts up immediately with the twist of the key and the four-banger sets into a confident idle. The old weary valve cover was replaced by one of our trained techs and should add some peace of mind for those looking to head out on an immediate road trip. The powerplant is mated to an automatic gearbox and a selective transfercase. Power can be sent to the rear wheels or all four when required and the Prado even has a low 4WD setting for sand, snow, and other loose surfaces. While having the aerodynamic efficiency of a brick, gobs of torque can propel this rig up to and above legal highway speeds without much stress. The long wheelbase of the J78 delivers a much more stable and predictable feel when blasting down the interstate. To shore up the driveline we rebuilt the front hubs and added new sway bar end links out back. She drives right as rain now, and is rolling on a freshly mounted and balanced set of 31" Falken all-terrain tires. The new rubber quiets down the road noise and will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come. The brakes feel confident and power steering makes parking this bag bad girl easy as pie.
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