Those in the know love a vehicle like this 1982 Toyota FJ43 Land Cruiser. After all, it has the look of the classic FJ40 but it's a rarer version with a longer wheelbase. So this sharp-looking restored classic SUV has added utility to an already timelessly robust symbol of go-anywhere motoring.
This Land Cruiser generation was around for more than 20 years because they were just too rugged to replace. This 1982 model is from the end of the initial Toyota run. So it earns the later-style vibrant blue paint and the white wheels that make this look like it's ready to pass the baton on to the 4Runner. But the real reason why this one looks so good is that there have been the right investments to keep this looking impressive with good lines, clean bumpers, and clear glass. Plus, the added style brings plenty of useful substance. The full canvas roof looks like a newer piece that crisply displays the longer wheelbase profile, and the headlights are now brighter LED units. And those great-looking wheels we love also mean you get to fit proper modern off-road tires – including the full-size spare on the swing-away rear mount. It all comes together in a package that is the ideal look of a clean and bright classic that's also not so fancy that it won't have some fun when you're ready.
Not only does the soft top have the kind of tautness that tells you it's newer, but it also gives you a ton of versatility. You can roll up the sides for a cool look and a cool breeze, or you can fold it all up to quickly give you a full convertible. The interior even harmonizes nicely with the exterior thanks to a fresh and clean look done in a stylish gray. But because these FJs are meant to be open to the world, everything is built to stay robust. The vinyl on the seats feels supple yet nearly bulletproof. There's also a matching durable vinyl on the door panels, and the floors are robustly covered, too. The gauges are simple, clean, and hardy. You'll even like showing off the little things, like the speedometer in kilometers that are another reminder this was an individual import. The longer wheelbase is handy to give more space in the rear. That's nice when utilizing the opposing jump seats or folding them up for the extra cargo capacity.
The engine bay has the tidy look of a well-respected powerhouse. FJ fans know a later one like this comes with a more desirable 4.2-liter motor. That means the same F-series engine robustness, but there's more displacement than older ones for added power. This example is said to have been under top-quality professional care, and the way it fires up nicely and runs smoothly reaffirms the commitment to quality. You are in full control of the motor thanks to the four-speed manual transmission. Plus, front disc brakes make stopping easy. You'll easily be able to enjoy the go-anywhere reputation thanks to the two-speed 4x4 transfer case. But the undercarriage photos show such a clean vehicle that we wonder how many times it has ever left the pavement since its restoration.
All the robustness you love about an FJ in a well-done and rare package. This restored FJ43 Land Cruiser is a classic 4x4 with all the right distinction, so you know you need to make it yours. Call today!!!