TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ74 VX
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.