1996 Land Cruiser KZJ95
Can you imagine a JDM overlander that includes everything except for the kitchen sink? Toyota couldn't, and this 1996 Active Vacation Land Cruiser Prado comes with one! If that wasn't good enough, how about a legendary turbodiesel and a real-deal manual transmission? Enthusiasts already will have realized this Deep Jewel Green over Gray Metallic (K12) example is the holy grail and we can't disagree. Set off with some rare and expensive Power Volk alloy wheels, an AIBA Works brush guard, CIBIE fogs, and OEM rain guards, the body and paint are in good nick aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. This special rig is fresh off a recent service and is offered with only 185k verified and documented miles. Capable, reliable, and rare, this J95 is as neat as it gets. As a daily driver, weekend cruiser, or serious adventure mobile, this Toyota would suit the bill, and is a Japanese Classic for all time!
Let's get right to the good stuff, shall we? Those looking to explore the great expanses of our nation are going to need a place to stay cozy. Designed with a sleeping surface, sink, cooktop range, and extra storage cubbies, the rear of this Land Cruiser steals the show. It still manages to tuck away its rear seats so it can accommodate five when not out camping! The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dashboard has resisted any weather-related cracking or discoloration. A centrally mounted OEM Field Monitor keeps an eye on the outside conditions, but within the cockpit it's always downright luxurious. The optional electric sunroof tilts and retracts for some natural ventilation if you like. If you want to chill just engage the automatic climate control and the A/C will kick on immediately. It also has dedicated rear-seat heat for winter! Even the factory TV/Radio works and the sound quality is actually decent. Frankly, we prefer to listen to the turbodiesel below the hood, but to each their own. To complement the sunroof, electric windows, locks, and folding mirrors are on hand. These all work like a charm as does the keyless entry system. The upholstery is in good nick, and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. It is mirrored in the door cards, which have held up equally well, and the headliner has resisted major damage. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as there is some leather wear on the steering wheel and some light carpet staining. Still, at this age, it's really hard to complain about this one.
This body-on-frame truck uses US 4Runner running gear making parts and service a snap! The body on frame platform is robust, as is the intercooled 1KZ-TE that powers this baby. The 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with the twist of the key. Two new 12v batteries are on hand to aid ignition, but we didn't stop there! The most expensive preventative maintenance item was performed, and one of our trained techs just installed a new timing belt and water pump! This will save the next owner some serious coin and add a little peace of mind. The torquey diesel is mated to a manual gearbox and sends power to all four wheels. It makes daily driving more engaging and the driver gets a little more control over the drivetrain than the typical slushbox provides. The full-time 4WD system has a low gear setting and also a locking center differential if you encounter some loose terrain. The ride quality impresses, and large and small potholes alike are gobbled up with confidence. The steering is power-assisted and light, and the brakes feel utterly confident. To complete the to-do list in the shop we mounted and balanced new 31" Falkens at all four corners. We took care of the spare too! And these new tires quiet down the ride noticeably and will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip 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.