Ah, yes, the Toyota J40 Land Cruiser. Who hasn’t stopped mid-parking lot, Red Box movie to return in hand, to take in the boxy lines of the freedom-inspiring Toyota Land Cruiser. Not an FJ Cruiser-we’re talking the original. The J40 Land Cruiser.
Born in 1960, the J40 stayed in production, with very little exterior change until 1984. As the years progressed the engine would grow from four to six cylinders, and be available in both diesel and standard gas, as well disc brakes appearing, a roll bar as standard, but for the most part-what you see here could have been purchased from any Toyota dealer for a span of 24 years. Remarkable really.
We’ve all oogled over the safari-like, bring-it-on design of this machine, and I’m sure some would geek-out over the rims, the obvious off road prowess, and maybe even the timeless headlight-grill combo that also found it’s way onto the modern FJ Cruiser. But, we like to feature things on this site that you might not see elsewhere. What is it like inside? Check out this gorgeous 1969 model below and get a feel for what it might be like to actually live with one of these timeless, off-road beasts. As you probably have guessed, we love it.