Toyota has deemed the US market worthy of a number of Land Cruisers over the years, but the 70 series was not one of them. This 2 door hardtop is our favorite version of the "missing link" models and the fact that it's LHD is a nice bonus.
The 70 series is more of a spiritual successor to the fabled 40 than the 55 or 60 series models ever were. Many of the two door models were saddled with a somewhat unfortunate removable top but this one with its tin top is a great mix of SWB offroad capability and semi-modern features. This one has found its way from Italy to New Jersey and with a bit of work it could make a very interesting daily (winter) driver.
This model is over 30 years old and we think it looks surprisingly modern both inside and out. Some version of the 70 series is still being manufactured today but we think this one looks much better with its simple lines and utilitarian interior.
On the outside it's definitely a Toyota. If you were to line this up next to its ancestors and successors you'd see familial DNA that carries on to even today's high dollar Land Cruisers.
A moderate lift is present and near super-swamper tires mounted on steel wheels will make for a loud ride on pavement. We'd probably lose the tires but we like the custom bumpers and bull bar.
Inside there is an abundance of diamond plate in the back and what are claimed to be "Italian Leather" seats. We actually like the seats with their red piping and 80's "turbo" embroidery. Other than the rear compartment and seats, things look clean and stock.
The 2.4 liter turbo diesel has only 46,000 miles on it and is mated to a 5 speed. When new it put out less than 100 HP so it's not going to be speedy, but the 5 speed should make things acceptable on the highway for short hits. The low range gearbox and diesel torque will more than make up for any street shortcomings in the dirt.
We normally see these in RHD, with higher mileage, and in less desirable configurations so this one is especially appealing. Find it on eBay in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
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