Written by Eric Becker
From the rockiest outreaches of the Outback to the Gobi and Karakum deserts of Central Asia, the Toyota Land Cruiser has done it all and more – much more. Toyota’s flagship off-roader has defined the segment with its unmatched capability, reliability and near indestructability. Rarely has a single vehicle had such an extraordinary global impact and been the mountaineer’s shuttle of choice. Offered with No Reserve at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Fall Auction is Lot #784, a beautifully restored 1984 FJ45 Toyota Land Cruiser. The FJ45 is ready for any adventure no matter the terrain, so saddle up: This is the definitive Land Cruiser experience you’ve been waiting for.
It’ll only take a quick glance of this Matte Black “Battle Wagon” to see that it’s something special. Sitting high with a menacing stance, the two-door Troop Carrier rides on a 116.1-inch wheelbase. Tucked underneath the iconic angular styling are a set of massive BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires wrapped around black wheels. The steel body is mounted over solid front and rear axles, and an Old Man Emu suspension provides plenty of ground clearance no matter the geography. For day-to-day driving the Land Cruiser features electric power steering and front disc brakes for stopping power.
The “bred-for-function” aesthetic is something to savor. The 40 Series’ trademark flat white roof and wraparound rear windows accentuate the classic style of this off-roader. Adding to the already impressive cache of off-roading updates are ARB rear differential lockers and, in true overlanding spirit, an ARB air compressor pump-up kit for the tires, as well as a WARN 8274 winch up front. Nestled in the grille are luminous LED headlights capable of brightening any trail and, should you need it, a jerrican for those longer expeditions out of sight of the local fuel depot.
This FJ45 underwent a meticulous frame-off, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration leaving no bits unturned or expense spared. Underneath the hood sits the original matching-numbers TBI fuel-injected 2F inline-6. The 4.2-liter engine underwent a full rebuild and routes power through an H55F 5-speed manual gearbox. This FJ45 includes its original factory toolkit and owner’s manual.
Yet it is the interior is where this Land Cruiser truly stands out. The front seats are wrapped in beautiful Tobacco leather and the floor mats are entirely bespoke. Additionally, there is ample space for the whole family, thanks to the Troop Carrier body style. A Vintage Air climate control system keeps the cabin temperate and a Dakota Digital gauge cluster keeps the driver informed of all the happenings beneath the hood. Best of all, an upgraded 4-speaker sound system is ready to play your favorite tunes while you explore the great outdoors.
The Land Cruiser was designed to traverse the world’s toughest terrain, carrying people and their cargo to the far reaches of the globe. Sold in 170 countries and in continuous production for more than 60 years, the Land Cruiser has cemented its legacy as an uber-capable, globe-trotting classic. This beauty will deliver the new adventures when the hammer falls and it rolls across the auction block.