TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER FJ25

4 x 4 Australia - - History -

YEAR OF MAN­U­FAC­TURE: 1958 OWNER: TOY­OTA AUS­TRALIA

THE FJ25 started the Land Cruiser leg­end in Aus­tralia. Back in the late 1950s Sir Les­lie Thiess pur­chased a hand­ful of FJ25S for his con­struc­tion com­pany, which at the time was con­tract­ing the mas­sive Snowy Moun­tains Hy­dro-elec­tric Scheme. So im­pressed with the FJ25 was Thiess that he founded Thiess Toy­ota, with the aim of im­port­ing Toy­ota ve­hi­cles into Aus­tralia for com­mer­cial sale.

The FJ25 is pow­ered by the 3.9-litre OHV straight-six ‘F’ petrol en­gine, driv­ing through a four-speed gear­box. It didn’t have low range, just se­lectable two- or four-wheel drive, but the ex­tra-low first gear helped make good this short­com­ing. Vac­uum in­di­ca­tors, wind­screen wipers and ul­tra-skinny bar-tread tyres are some of its no­table fea­tures.

Toy­ota Aus­tralia ac­quired this ve­hi­cle in the early ’70s and it sub­se­quently un­der­went a restora­tion by com­pany ap­pren­tices, be­fore a full bare-me­tal re­spray in 2013. The ve­hi­cle makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances at 4x4 shows and the like and is well worth a close look if you ever come across it.

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