THE INFALLIBLE FJs: Toyota’s Original 4×4 Takes On Any Terrain

Credit: Original article published by Barrett-Jackson.

Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen

 

From deserts to mountains to frozen tundra, Toyota’s FJ Series was built to tackle any terrain. A number of fine examples are headed to the Scottsdale Auction, including this 1980 FJ45 (Lot #990).

 

Toyota began producing its iconic FJ Series vehicles in the early 1950s with two goals: to make a small, compact 4×4 that could go almost anywhere on earth no matter what the terrain, and to build it so tough that it was virtually indestructible.

While the humble World War II Jeep was the inspiration for the first FJ Series, Toyota’s engineers had a dogged determination to make every part and the piece on the FJ function far better and last much longer. The upgraded leaf-spring suspension allowed the FJ to tackle any terrain, from deserts to mountains to frozen tundra. The powerful engine thrived under even the harshest conditions. And Toyota’s incredibly durable electronics ensured the FJs would keep running no matter what.

That was just the beginning. Toyota’s corporate-wide belief in “Kaizen,” the essence of continuous improvement, meant that from the day the first FJ rolled off the assembly line, every team member who had a hand in designing or building the FJ was already thinking about how to make it better, a process that goes on today with every new Toyota.

The result of Toyota’s efforts was that the FJ Series, in all its many incarnations over the last seven decades, is now a highly coveted and collectable 4×4 – and there will be lots of FJs for smart buyers to choose from at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, March 20-27 at WestWorld.

Enjoy this gallery of these impressive Toyotas – all offered with No Reserve.

 

Lot #723.1 – 1974 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 CUSTOM SUV

Lot #705.1 – 1977 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40

Lot #700.1 – 1982 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40

Lot #990 – 1980 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ45 PICKUP

Lot #845 – 1988 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ60

Lot #990.1 – 1973 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ45 PICKUP

Lot #1004.1 – 1974 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40

Lot #1013 – 1992 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ75