This recently imported BJ70 seems like it would have been a good choice for a Nicaraguan pediatrician in 1987. Given challenging topography and a large geographic area, a capable 4x4 makes sense for house calls. Not to mention the minor detail of a revolution and 10 years of war going on. This Diesel Toyota now resides in Texas and is likely in for a much calmer life.
We never got these short wheelbase J70 series Land Cruisers in the USA which are a more direct-descendant of the J40's that preceded them compared to the 60's that we received. We generally prefer the 60's in terms of practicality but we think the 70's maintain more of the 40's utilitarian nature while benefiting from many safety, build quality, and "luxury" enhancements.
The seller claims that this one-owner BJ70 had was reconditioned about 100km ago, and it looks presentable with some door rust being the most alarming surface issue. Interior and door jamb shots show a thorough, exterior-out repaint though it looks a bit too new to us. The interior is a mishmash of modern parts and seats that is serviceable but could be hiding issues. If the story checks out that this was really "reconditioned" by the previous owner for use by his son, it could be a good sign. There are a few too many signs of a Central American flip for us to be confident though.
There are no shots of the dash, and there seems to be some discrepancy with mile to kilometer conversions. The time of the rebuild is listed in one place as 255,000 km and another as 255,000 mi. To give a sense of the Nicaraguan environment, the seller claims that "all emblems have been riveted on as well (also due to theft prevention in Nicaragua)." -- a "mod" not often seen in the states.
We see a lot of BJ70s that have found there way here but most of them are RHD which isn't a deal breaker but definitely isn't a selling point. This LHD truck with the 3B diesel could be a good mix. You give up some of the 40 series panache but you gain a lot of drivability.
Find it on eBay in Conroe, Texas.
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