TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ42 LX
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1984 OWNER: DANIEL RAGUSI
THE vast 40 Series range came with petrol or diesel engines, three different wheelbases and various body styles.
Here we have a very late model (1984) BJ42 in LX spec, which was the deluxe model of the 40 Series range, with features including cloth trim, air-conditioning and power steering.
Being a BJ, it’s powered by a diesel engine, namely the 3.4-litre four-cylinder 3B. Unusually, it has a five-speed manual, where most of the 40s – except the early three-speed models – had a four-speed ’box. And, as it’s a 42, it utilises a short wheelbase (like the 40 and 41).
In Australia, diesels first appeared in the 40 Series in the late ’70s, and they brought better fuel economy than the F and 2F petrol engines at the expense of performance. This particular example was purchased from the second owner in Melbourne around eight years ago.