When the J40 was first introduced in 1960, Toyota had decided that it was time to let go of the initial motivation behind the Land Cruiser for military use; they wanted the Land Cruiser to be a proper off-roader for the people. The J40 was not just to plow through mud; it was designed so that enthusiasts like you and I always had the option to be adventurous and take our daily from work on a detour that no ordinary vehicle could go and look good doing so. Most importantly, the J40 was rugged, reliable, and a true testament to Toyota's ability to build vehicles that would run forever, this 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser is one of them, and it's currently up for sale.
The exterior design of the 1981 Land Cruiser J40 was characterized by its tough and rugged appearance, with a high ground clearance and a sturdy ladder frame that was designed to withstand harsh environments and tough driving conditions. Out of the several body styles, the most famous, perhaps, is the 2-door wagon model featured here. Speaking of this example, the current owner reports that it is a complete number matching vehicle, a combination of its build quality, as well as the high-level maintenance this garage kept J40 has enjoyed over the years. The current owner also reported that the vehicle has an original un-powered steering column, lift kit, and new tires. The J40 was designed to be a rugged and capable off-road vehicle, and its interior reflected this purpose. The dashboard of the J40 was simple and straightforward, with easy-to-read analog gauges and basic controls. The J40 did not have many of the comfort and convenience features found in modern vehicles, but if comfort was what you look for, then you've missed the brief of what makes this vehicle so special. The only comfort offered to you in this example is a functioning air conditioning and a heater to keep you safe while you expedite the unknown with the Land Cruiser
One of the most common engines found in the J40 was the 4.2-liter inline-six gasoline engine, which was capable of producing up to 135 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. This engine featured overhead valves and a carburetor and was known for its durability and reliability.
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