TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER FJ55

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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.

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