Nicer than Normal: 1990 Land Rover 110 Pickup

Usually, a snorkel and diamond plate cladding on a "Defender" is enough to turn us away -- not to mention the price that these newer trucks command. This 110 pickup however has enough going for it to make us take a second look and pretend that we're in the market for a 30k truck. Is this one the real deal, or is it just $5,000 worth of paint and tires hiding much more trouble?

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Diesel Commonwealth Cruiser: 1986 Toyota HJ60

This 60 series Land Cruiser is checking a lot of boxes for us. The diesel motor, scruffy but serviceable condition, and PA inspection sticker combined with spring temperatures have us wondering what Central PA breweries we'll stop at while we're driving it back to Moto Roster HQ. We're even thinking we can spin the automatic transmission as making this a practical family car in a pinch.

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Machine Learning: 1979 300TD Wagon

We're continuing to help machines take our jobs by training our rudimentary TensorFlow implementation to find cool cars. Turns out this stuff is sort of tricky - who'd have thought something developed by PhDs at Google would be a bit complex? At any rate, it did surface this early diesel Benz wagon so we feel like we're on the right track.

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Spanish Series III: 1974 Santana 109

A vintage Land Rover wagon is on our roster, and has been since we first saw one lumbering around town when we were kids. Though this Spanish built Santana doesn't have the full panache of its English counterparts, there's a lot to like here. This truck could be especially dangerous for us since it’s close by, we have some 912 money in our pockets, and the ever present itch to tick another car off or our roster grows exponentially with an open garage spot.

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Kill Two Birds: CJ5 with a Mercedes Diesel

As we look to check the next vehicle off of our roster, we keep coming back to the fact that we've never owned a Jeep. We've also never owned a Mercedes diesel of any sort even though our year end retrospective showed them appearing on MR again and again. This truck could solve both of those problems in one fell swoop.

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A Very "Special Edition": 1997 Land Cruiser 1HDT

To celebrate the last year of the Japanese-built J80 Land Cruisers, Toyota put out the "Special Edition" package which was basically some badges and paint. This particular truck however really became "special" later in life. At some point on its journey to cover over 300,000 miles, a 1HDT diesel motor was fitted along with a 5-speed manual.

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Impulse Buy: 1977 Toyota BJ40

Though we've heard nothing but nightmare stories about these Costa Rican imports, this diesel Land Cruiser in South Carolina has us contemplating making some rash decisions. No reserve auctions with 0 bids and 2 hours left tend to do that when they involve vintage Japanese 4x4’s.

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Free Rust: 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ42

No, not "rust free" - "free rust" this diesel cruiser comes with all the corrosion you could want. It's sort of a shame that the environments that these Land Cruisers excel in are the exact conditions that eat them alive. Even though this one is far beyond anything we could rescue, a 6K Land Cruiser with a diesel motor is enticing in any condition.

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You Had Me At Tan & Diesel: 1980 Mercedes 300TD Wagon

November 10, 2016 mercedes, wagon, diesel

On top of the fact that it’s tan and a diesel, this Benz is also a wagon with a manual transmission, and blue MB-Tex interior. If you add all of that together, this may represent about the most Moto Roster vehicle ever.

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Missing Link Land Cruiser: 1986 Toyota LJ70

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.

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Germans Are Not 'Quirky' - 1983 Mercedes Benz 300 CD

October 19, 2016 mercedes, diesel

Putting a luxury, diesel, coupe in your line up is probably a tough sell for an automaker selling cars in the US in 2016. In 1983 however, it only stood to reason that Mercedes Benz would offer their W123 "executive" car in every conceivable body and engine combination. So, while the we normally see the diesels in the wagons, we're glad someone ordered this one wrapped in a coupe.

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If Trucks Could Talk: 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel

October 16, 2016 toyota, diesel, 60

This 1981 Land Cruiser seems to have lived an interesting life during which it picked up some unique paint, a plate-steel bumper that looks to weigh upwards of 500 pounds, and most interestingly a homemade turbo setup. We imagine that it started its life on the North side of the border but it has migrated slightly south and now finds itself for sale in Portland, Oregon.

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Low Mileage Land Cruiser: 1978 Toyota BJ43

Most ex-fire service vehicles that we feature are German makes with the occasional Land Rover thrown in for good measure. This Toyota Land Cruiser is the somewhat quirky BJ43 and looks like it was pretty pampered while on fire duty in France where it racked up less than 10,000 miles.

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Practical Classic? 1980 Mercedes 300 Diesel Wagon

September 01, 2016 mercedes, diesel, wagon

There aren't many vintage cars that could serve family duty in any kind of practical way. While we'd still be leery about strapping a child seat into this wagon on the daily, we think it would be a great weekend ice cream cruiser and also provide utility in "real life."

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Turbo Diesel Toyota: 1985 Toyota 4Runner

This 85 4Runner would be of interest to us based solely on its survivor condition and early build date. Add a US-spec 2L-T turbo diesel motor swap and you've really got our attention.

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Pretty Practical (as these things go): 1980 Unimog Doka

Owning a vehicle that straddles the line between monster truck and strip mining equipment is never going to be a decision driven by practicality. BUT, if you've got your heart set on upsetting the neighbors with a Unimog, this 4-door model with a plethora of hydraulic hookups is about as practical as these things get.

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Right-Level Resto Mod: 1971 Toyota FJ40

We like everything about this FJ resto mod: from the PPG paint to the 3.9 liter Cummins diesel and everything in between. It looks like an incredibly solid build while not being over the top or too nice to use. No doubt this rig is beyond our budget, but we like its usability and stock look over some other "iconic" vehicles.

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Rootbeer Diesel: 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser

One of our first write ups was for a brown BJ60 Land Cruiser, and 150+ featured cars later it looks like our taste hasn't changed much. This one is in Florida, has some recent engine work, and looks to have some potential as a no reserve auction.

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$12,500 Almost Defender: 1978 Land Rover 109 Santana

We're fans of the vehicles that the boys at Valencia Classic Vehicles import and based on their eBay account, it looks like they just had a ship come in - literally. They have a wide array of Spanish Santana's to choose from but this scruffy 109 driver caught our eye.

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Diesel Disco: 1995 Land Rover Discovery w/200Tdi

This 1995 Land Rover Discovery is on offer by Zombie Motors in Georgia who swapped a 200Tdi motor in place of the 3.5 liter V8. The truck itself is scruffy, but claimed to be rust free. If that's the case, this 5 speed, diesel Discovery for less than $10,000 could be worth a look.

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Best of Both Worlds: 1983 Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel

This 1983 Land Cruiser left Toyota City, Japan with a 2F gas engine and headed to the Western Hemisphere. 7 or 8 years later (we assume) an 80 series left Japan with a 1HD-T turbo diesel and headed to either South Africa or Australia. Somehow, 25 years later, this Land Cruiser met up with the 1HD-T motor and are now together on offer for sale in Oregon. Is this the Trans-Pacific Partnership at work?

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Roll the Dice on a Diesel: 1980 Toyota HJ45

Though we have generally heard nothing but nightmare stories about Land Cruisers that have been imported from Costa Rica, this one has a reasonable "Buy it Now" price as well as our attention. These pickups are hard to come by and though this one is far from original, it's difficult for us not to look at it through rose colored glasses of possibility.

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Sleeper Diesel: 1995 Range Rover with a 300Tdi

How much is a 300Tdi worth? This 1995 Range Rover looks to be in slightly above average condition, but is commanding top dollar due to a ton of recent work, and more importantly a 300Tdi motor swap. We love these final year Range Rovers, and we love diesels but we're not sure if we love this one $17,000 worth.

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Heckflosse sounds cooler than Fin Tail: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200

Stored for the last 27 years, this low mileage 1967 Mercedes 200 Diesel still has subtly striking style after nearly 50 years. It's currently sharing a garage with a G500, but it could be leaking diesel on your cement if you've got $6,995 burning a hole in your pocket.

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Low and Slow: 1988 Chevrolet 3+3

If you're looking to haul 6 people as well as an additional 3,000 pounds, this 1988 Chevy 3+3 should fit your needs nicely. Converted to a 6.5L Detroit Diesel and sitting on a lowered (or shot?) suspension, this unique ex-military truck could still have lots of service left in her.

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50 Horsepower & 22K miles: 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit

March 17, 2016 vw, rabbit, diesel

Stored from 1983 until 2015, when it was purchased at an auction in Minnesota, this diesel 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit has since put on another 8,000 miles. These Western PA-bred rabbits were never the fastest, but this might be the lowest mileage example still in the wild.

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E30 Oil Burner: 1986 BMW 324d

March 16, 2016 bmw, diesel, e30

Rarely seen (and never sold) in the US, this early E30 was imported from Germany and trades the much revered gas engine for a 6 cylinder diesel that was also shared by its 5-series big brother. Though this one is normally aspirated, the M21 engine also came in a turbocharged version that, among other applications, was available briefly in Lincoln Mark VII's!

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A Tale of 2 Turbo Diesels: Mercedes Benz 300TD Wagons

Two diesel wagons left West Germany a year apart from one another in the 80's. They each spent the next 30+ years in the United States and they both racked up over 300,000 miles. One did it in the Southern California sun, and one looks to have served the prep-school set in Connecticut. Now, they both find themselves for sale on eBay. Maybe one buyer could reunite them?

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Forget the 22RE: Toyota Pickup w/Mercedes Diesel Swap

We're pretty pleased that our experimental Craigslist Crawler found this odd duck hiding outside of Minneapolis. At first glance, we wrote it off as a rather run of the mill extended cab pickup with a "you're dreaming" price. Then we noticed that the crawler had flagged it as "turbo diesel" and suddenly we're interested. We love the 22RE, but a 5 cylinder turbo diesel is even more interesting.

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More Glass Than a Greenhouse: 1976 Mercedes Benz Funeral Coach

February 23, 2016 mercedes, diesel

It's hard to champion the purchase of a hearse unless you're a funeral director or Rob Zombie. Add to that we don't normally feature cars located outside of the US and that's 2 strikes. Nonetheless this 1976 Meredes 200 diesel's coachwork and acres of glass were too interesting not to share.

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James Cook Edition: Mercedes Benz 207D Westfalia

Naming an adventure vehicle after Captain James Cook is a bold move, but we think this rig can live up to it. Bigger (and slower) than better-known VW cousin conversions, this Mercedes 207D could be a great alternative to a full sized RV for more-than-a-weekend living situations.

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Lots of House Calls Made: 1987 Toyota BJ70

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.

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Signal Red Turbo Diesel - 1982 Mercedes 300D

January 10, 2016 mercedes, diesel

We're normally against "resale red" resprays, but there's a lot to like about this old workhorse.

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