TOY­OTA LAND CRUISER BJ74 VX

4 x 4 Australia - - History -

YEAR OF MAN­U­FAC­TURE: 1987 OWNER: GLENN AUSTIN

THE 70 Se­ries ar­rived in 1984 (1985 in Aus­tralia) as a re­place­ment for the enor­mously suc­cess­ful 40 Se­ries. Larger over­all than the 40, the 70 re­tained front and rear leaf-sprung live axles and, like the 40, was pri­mar­ily de­signed for com­mer­cial use – the main ex­cep­tion be­ing the largely unloved coil­sprung Bun­dera.

In Aus­tralia the 70 came in a mind-boggling ar­ray of mod­els with a vast ar­ray of en­gines. It also came with wagon, ute, cab-chas­sis and Troop Car­rier bod­ies on three dif­fer­ent wheel­bases.

How­ever, not all leaf-sprung 70s were aimed just at the com­mer­cial mar­ket, as this BJ74 demon­strates. This mid-wheel­base model has the well-re­garded 13B-T 3.4-litre four-cylin­der turbo-diesel backed by a four-speed au­to­matic – the BJ74 be­ing one of the few 70s to be of­fered with an auto.

It’s VX spec and has a re­move­able FRP top, push-but­ton trans­fer and cen­tral lock­ing. It’s a nicely orig­i­nal and very tidy ex­am­ple pur­chased from its first owner two years ago, and now has 311,000km on its en­gine and gear­box.

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