1996 Land Cruiser Prado J78
A truck as neat as this 1996 Prado doesn't come along all that frequently here at the dealership. Many of these workhorse 70s are beloved for their durable drivelines, and with good reason, but this one is an absolute showstopper to boot. Finished in a fresh coat of Cavalry Blue (8W2), this rig is set off by LED tail lamps, chrome exterior mirrors, white refinished OEM Hilux Surf alloys, and a matching white roof. We wanted to note that the right front fender had been replaced at some point in Japan, and aside from some light imperfections, the body and paint are in good nick overall. Fresh off a recent service, this capable and collectible cruiser is offered with a mere 140k verified and documented miles on the ticker. For those Toyota enthusiasts in the know, this 3.0L diesel is barely broken in, and the 70 series in general is becoming highly collectible at this point! Spacious, reliable, and practical, this lovable Japanese Classic would make for a killer winter warrior, daily driver, and weekend hauler.
The interior is as special as the exterior, and features a few factory and aftermarket upgrades. A wood-grain Peyton steering wheel adds a touch of class, and a more modern Kenwood headunit is on hand for those who want to jam out on a road trip. The upholstery is also desirable, as this one features a blue textured cloth that oozes 90s appeal. The material is in good overall condition and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. This SX also was optioned with the third row, ideal for families with kids or those with a gang of adventurous friends who like to tag along. The same cloth on the seats can be found in the door cards, which are in above-average shape. The driver benefits from electric lumbar support and a tilt-adjustable steering column to find the ideal driving position. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and this dash lacks the typical cracks and distortion which commonly affect these Land Cruisers. It even has functional heat and A/C, ideal for those who plan to put this baby to use year-round. Power windows, door locks, and side mirrors make daily use enjoyable, and all work as they should. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as there is some light carpet staining and a couple of minor gouges in the headliner. Still, at 25 years of age, it's remarkable how well this cabin has held up and we even have the factory carpet mats, owner's manual, maintenance booklets, and spare key to be included with the purchase.
A good part of the reason so many of these 70s survive to this day is the sturdy, yet simple mechanical design. This body-on-frame rig is powered by a simple and efficient 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the four-banger churns to life care of two new 12v batteries installed here in our shop. The 3.0L breathes better thanks to a new engine air cleaner that is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox and selective transfer case. Despite having the aerodynamics of a brick, the Cruiser can shoot up to highway speeds without breaking a sweat and do them for prolonged sustained periods of time. If you encounter loose surfaces a low-range 4WD can be deployed when necessary. The long wheelbase adds a layer of stability not found on the two-door versions, and these can be daily driven without feeling like you're being beaten up. The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light and easy to articulate when finding a parking slot to slide into. The rear shocks have been replaced to deliver a more premium ride and the wheels are all flush with new 33" Falken mud terrains. They look mean, and most importantly will last for tens of thousands of miles 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.