TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER BJ42 LX

4 x 4 Australia - - History -

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.

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