1995 Toyota LC Prado SX
Available for: $26,495
It's a bit surprising that this J78 was sold new in 1995, as this model's DNA dates back to the early 1980s. The Prado model has staying power because of the top-tier build quality, capable 4WD system, spacious cabin, and "Rambo-esque" styling. Finished in a Dark Emerald Pearl over Oyster Pearl two-tone (26Z), this Land Cruiser is set off by a set of front OEM rainguards, metal bumpers, privacy tint, and WEDS Keeler alloys. Aside from a few light dings, chips and scuffs associated with normal use the body and paint are in good shape overall. Fresh off a recent service, this unique JDM SUV is offered for sale with a mere 146k verified and documented miles. For those looking for a collectible and tough truck that can be put to use year-round, this 1995 is surely a Japanese Classic and won't last long.
The cabin is spacious, simple, and full of quality materials. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and this tall truck rides far above traffic. There are a few minor dash cracks to note, but we have seen a whole lot worse. Entering the cabin your eyes are drawn to the large, modern-looking, Clarion touchscreen head unit and the system works as advertised. The speaker quality isn't half bad but admittedly the turbodiesel noises are awesome if you turn the system off and hammer the throttle. It is connected to a backup camera that makes parking in the city a snap. The manual climate control system is simple and intuitive and this rig boasts cold A/C and piping hot heat. For optimal comfort, this 70 includes power windows, locks, and mirrors which all work as advertised. The driver even gets a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and lumbar support. The seats are eye-catching and are upholstered in a blue textured cloth. The material adds some contrast to the darker hues of the cabin and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. Best of all this Prado includes the desirable third-row option which can be conveniently pulled away and stowed against the D-pillar. The headliner, door cards, and carpet have weathered the last quarter-century without any major abuse and even the factory owners' manual and maintenance books are still in the glovebox.
These Land Cruisers have stood the test of time because they were over-engineered from the factory. The sturdy body on frame platform is propelled by a punchy 1kZ-TE turbodiesel engine. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L starts right up and sets into a confident idle. New serpentine belts were installed by one of our trained techs as well, while it was up in the air. The four-banger is connected to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox and a selective transfercase. If the going gets tough a low-gear ratio setting can be engaged as can the new OEM manual locking hubs have replaced the broken electric ones. Off-road die-hards will surely love this upgrade, no doubt. The Rancho suspension sorts out large and small road imperfections and is capable of handling the rigors of daily use and abuse. The brakes are confident as is the power steering, and new brake pads were installed at all four corners. The WEDS wheels are wrapped in nearly new Falken all-terrain rubber with less than 5k miles on them!
*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.