TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ55
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1967 OWNER: LUKE CASACELI
THE FJ55 grew off the back of the 40 Series and was Toyota’s first move towards a recreational family vehicle and away from commercial 4x4s. It was only offered with a petrol engine – initially the F engine and later the 2F – and was built on a wheelbase between the medium and long 40s.
This beautiful example comes from the first year of FJ55 production – 1967 – and has the 3.9-litre sixcylinder F petrol engine, three-speed gearbox and dual-range 4x4. It has undergone a complete restoration since being rescued from a paddock in central NSW in 2013, after serving its life as a farm vehicle. Despite this it still ran – albeit roughly – and was relatively rust-free.
During restoration it was found to have the original engine and gearbox, both requiring just a good service to bring them back to operational condition. The owner also sourced some five or six other FJ55S to complete the restoration, including the fitting of factory-original three-row seating.