1996 Prado SX 3.0TD

Sold: $32,995

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The Land Cruiser model has been all the rage for the better part of 70 years. This 1996 J78 is near the top of the list for its striking styling, hearty powertrain, and 4x4 capabilities. Finished in a one-off Snowcap White, this diesel Toyota is set off by a black roof, LED tail lights, and aggressive 15" color-matched alloys shod with beefy 33" rubber. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scratches the paint is in good shape and this rig is fresh off a recent service. Touting only 85k verified and documented miles on the clock, this beast is barely broken in, and is turn-key ready to rock. Great for enthusiasts, with its manual gearbox, this example is the one to get if you are shopping for a Prado. Reliable, collectible, and able to break as many necks as a Ferrari, this Japanese Classic is the one!

The cabin is spacious and simple in its design. You might expect that from a big box designed during the Reagan administration, and space is abundant within and power amenities are available in droves. When behind the wheel, the driver can enjoy a tilt adjustable steering column and power lumbar support to find the ideal driving position. Supplementing the turbodiesel soundtrack is a modern Pioneer radio upgrade with auxiliary and USB inputs. The sound quality is decent and it even can accept American radio frequencies so you can drown out the kids as soon as you drive off our lot. Speaking of which, the rare and desirable third row is on hand so stuffing two additional folks in the back is an option. Power windows, mirrors, and door locks work like a charm, and if you want to cool down with A/C, it's available too! The bright blue textured fabric is a show stopper and the seats and matching door cards are stunning. The material lacks any major rips, stains, tears, or delamination and is in good nick overall. The same can be said for the headliner, which has withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major damage. Aside from some light carpet staining, its really hard to complain about the cabin, and this truck was definitely cared for in a prior life. 

Body on frame, and able to withstand tons of abuse, the 70 series is a trusty steed. The 1KZ-TE under the hood is one of Toyota's best engines, and that should speak volumes. The 3.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service and churns over with the twist of the key, thanks to two new 12v batteries we've replaced. It idles and revs seamlessly thanks to a new fuel filter and engine air filter, and one of our trained techs also added a new valve cover gasket so that the oil stays inside the four-banger. To keep the electronics properly powered all new accessory belts were taken care of too. The manual gearbox makes the drive more involved, and adds a level of control to the platform which is notably absent from slushbox-equipped models. Rowing up and down the tree is pretty fun and there are no grinds or hitches to complain about. The selective 4WD allows for use in 2WD and for those sandy beaches, electronic hubs can be engaged as can low range. While having the same aerodynamic efficiency as a brick, this Landy sails up to highway speed without missing a beat. The 1K provides gobs of low-end power and is perfectly suited to the five-speed gear ratios. The suspension provides abundant ground clearance and the long wheelbase pays dividends on the interstate. The steering is power-assisted and light and a new steering damper improves the feel a lot. The brakes are confident and the new 33" Falkens provide all the year-round grip you'll ever need.

*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.

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