The third-generation 40 Series Land Cruiser made its market debut in August 1960 and quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most practical and durable 4×4 utility vehicles of its time. It had a production run of 24 years and in petrol form utilised the venerable straight six F engine, available from launch in 3.9 litre displacement and 4.2 from 1975 until production ceased in 1984. The larger bore 2F engine removed one oil ring and forced the oil to travel through the oil filter before the engine. Both OHV engines were simplistic in design, developing high torque at low revs, helping to ensure reliability and longevity.
This exceptional 1968 example has spent its entire life in Indonesia in the custardy of only three owners.
In 2012 a comprehensive body off and chassis restoration was conducted by the second owner who had kept the car for many years. The car was used sparingly for a further 10 years and upon retiring from driving was sold to an FJ enthusiast who treated the car to various mechanical enhancements, retaining the originality but improving the drive and comfort.
The original F 3.9 engine has been replaced with a later 2F 4.2 engine that was subject to a comprehensive rebuild including new pistons, rings and bearings. It is worth noting that spares for the 2F engine are more readily available and supported in the FJ network. All ancillary items have been carefully rebuilt or renewed and the original three speed manual transmission and 4×4 system retained along with a new clutch and clutch housing. The carburettor has been rebuilt and cooling system overhauled and the exhaust replaced.
Power steering has been fitted along with a front brake disc upgrade using OE Toyota callipers, vacuum assisted brake booster and OEM front wheel bearings. The rear drums are original specification with replacement shoes fitted. The suspension was treated to the desirable Old Man Emu 2.5” lift shock absorbers and upgraded leaf springs.
The interior has been treated to a complete re-trim in tan/orange Italian Nappa Leather consisting of all seat facings, grab handles, gear stick gaiters and sun visors. A Marshall Bluetooth speaker and drinks holder console has been installed and trimmed to contrast.
After approximately 1,000 kilometres of ‘running in’ use, the speedometer has been rebuilt, including upgraded LED lighting and reset, now indicating 125 kilometres.
In summary, this is a very special FJ that turns heads wherever it goes and will be a huge amount of fun to own. Much scarcer than a Series 1 or 2 Landrover and a great deal easier to drive. It can be used in any major UK city without the cost of ULEZ and is both MOT and Road Tax exempt. It’s also assuring to know that the restoration work was conducted over a decade ago and consequently held up beautifully.
Fully UK registered and a new MOT will be issued prior to delivery.