TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER HJ61 SA­HARA

4 x 4 Australia - - History -

YEAR OF MAN­U­FAC­TURE: 1988 OWNER: WAL­TER RAGUSI

THE 60 Se­ries re­placed the 55 in 1980 and lasted 10 years, even­tu­ally be­ing re­placed by the 80 Se­ries.

In Aus­tralia the 60 was ini­tially of­fered with the 2F six-cylin­der petrol en­gine, later to be re­placed by the 3F. Th­ese mod­els were des­ig­nated FJ60.

The HJ60, with its six-cylin­der 4.0-litre 2H diesel en­gine, came along soon af­ter and in many ways proved to be the defin­ing ve­hi­cle of the 60 Se­ries range. A four-speed man­ual with both en­gines gave way to a fivespeed in 1984.

What we have here is ar­guably the ul­ti­mate 60: a late-model (1988) HJ61 Sa­hara with the 12H-T six­cylin­der turbo-diesel, widely re­garded as one of the Toy­ota’s most durable 4x4 en­gines.

The HJ61 Sa­hara has eight cloth seats, front and rear air-con­di­tion­ing, a high roof to ac­com­mo­date the rear air-con, a sun­roof and power steer­ing. More sig­nif­i­cantly, it has the op­tional four-speed au­to­matic rather than the late-model five-speed man­ual – in fact, the 60 Se­ries was the first Land Cruiser to be of­fered with an au­to­matic gear­box. For the cur­rent (and third) owner, this HJ61 is a daily driver.

Heroic HJ61’S ‘12H-T’ in­line-six tur­bod­iesel gen­er­ates 100kw/315nm; 70-Se­ries was mainly aimed at the com­mer­cial mar­ket.

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