TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER FJ40

4 x 4 Australia - - History -

YEAR OF MAN­U­FAC­TURE: 1979 OWN­ERS: AN­DREW BOYD AND MARK WILLOCK

THE FJ40 is an iconic model in the 40 Se­ries range, which es­tab­lished Toy­ota’s rep­u­ta­tion as a man­u­fac­turer of qual­ity 4x4s and ef­fec­tively ended the mar­ket dom­i­nance of Land Rover.

In­tro­duced in 1960, the 40 Se­ries would re­main in pro­duc­tion for the next 24 years. It brought du­al­range 4x4 as well as com­fort and con­ve­nience fea­tures rarely seen in 4x4s of the day. More im­por­tantly, it in­tro­duced changes in pro­duc­tion pro­cesses that meant a bet­ter-qual­ity ve­hi­cle could be pro­duced more quickly and at lower cost com­pared to the 20 Se­ries.

This par­tic­u­lar late-model FJ40, built in July 1979, has the 4.2-litre 2F petrol six with a four-speed gear­box and is in im­mac­u­late fac­tory-stock con­di­tion. Pur­chased two years ago by its cur­rent (and third) own­ers, it’s been on dis­play at Syd­ney City Toy­ota’s show­room ever since.

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