TOYOTA LAND CRUISER HJ61 SAHARA
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.