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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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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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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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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Cheap Cruising: 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser

25 years on, the FJ80 seems to have only gotten better with age. We remember seeing these new in showrooms with astronomical price tags, and wondering who was spending that much money on a Toyota truck. We're glad someone did though because now you could put one in your garage for less than $3,000. The question is, how much rust does 3 grand get you?

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A Shiny Pig: 1971 Toyota FJ55

These FJ55 "Iron Pigs" are somewhat hard to find in the US due to a double whammy of unloved design and tendency to rust away to nothing. This one has a SBC which can sometimes be a dicey proposition, but we have some faith in anyone who has such neat labels for their underhood electrical connections.

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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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Clean Cruiser: 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60

The seller of this 1985 FJ60 is a Land Cruiser enthusiast and needs to thin out his herd of 4x4's a bit. This no reserve auction could be a good chance to pick up a clean, high-ish mileage FJ that has some interesting options and additions.

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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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Gas is Cheap Again, Right? 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser

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There's not much to write about here other than to ask whether this is the cleanest FJ62 currently for sale in the country, and how far above our bid it will sell for.

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Brown on Brown: Canadian Diesel Land Cruiser

We're suckers for a 3B diesel. In a 40 series they make for a formidable off roader, but the extra "luxuries" of the 60 combined with the diesel make a much more livable daily driver.

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