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1978 Land Cruiser FJ40

FJ Company: Toyota 1978 Land Cruiser FJ40

When it comes to classic Toyota Land Cruisers, it’s hard to compete with the attention to detail and craftsmanship of the folks at FJ Company. They have impeccable taste and understand how to properly restore vehicles to the correct specs. I also really appreciate how well they document the entire restoration process. Taking beautiful high resolution photographs that feature details that matter most to avid collectors.

Although this is an american version of the FJ40, this vehicle enjoyed single-family ownership in Colombia, where it was used in the city and for occasional trips to rural farms. As is common with similar versions, it was delivered from the factory with options such as front and rear heater, and a defogger system for the front-side windows.

1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40
1978 Land Cruiser FJ40

After arriving at The FJ Company in mid-2015, it was put through a concours-quality restoration which was fully documented and photographed. The frame was powder-coated, and two coats of urethane sealed the chassis and floors. Two coats of anti-corrosive primer preceded multiple coats of the Toyota’s original Sky Blue paint, with the top of the factory hardtop finished in Cygnus White. Inside, the roll bar was repainted, the door panels, dash pads, and headliner were replaced, and the seats were re-upholstered in the correct grey material. New windows were installed and new seals throughout were used.

Simply put, one of the best FJ restorations yet.

The matching numbers 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, and four-wheel-drive system were systematically rebuilt, using Toyota OEM parts wherever possible, and a new Old Man Emu suspension was fitted. The wiring harness was replaced, along with all fuse blocks and relays, and the gauges were refinished. The original heater was overhauled, a new Toyota OEM A/C installed, and all fixtures, nuts and bolts were zinc-plated.

One demanding collector or enthusiast will have access to this pristine FJ40 at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2016. Until then, this vehicle is available for inspections in our Miami showroom by appointment only.

To participate in this auction, please sign up with RM Sotheby’s.

FJ40 Highlights:

– Matching Numbers
– US model
– Front and rear heaters
– Side windshield defoggers
– Original hardtop
– Original roll cage
– Front disk brakes
– Power steering
– 4-speed transmission
– TOYOTA Period Correct Fog Lights

FJ40 Base Price includes:

– Frame off nut and bolt restoration by The FJ Company
– Vintage digital Stereo
– Old Man Emu suspension
– Toyota OEM A/C system
– Tool kit and reproduction manual
– High resolution photo-book

Learn more about FJ Company and their future projects: www.fj.co
I highly recommend following them on instagram: @FJcompany

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