They don’t make them like they used to, classic off-road vehicles such as this beautifully restored 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40, that has a captivating charm, has been restored to its glory days by Legacy Overland, a Greenwich Connecticut-based off-road and vintage car restorer, who are experts at restoring legendary off-roads such as the Land Rover Defenders, Range Rovers and the Land Cruiser.
The Land Cruiser was Japan’s answer to America’s Jeep 4×4 and the British Land Rover, the Land Cruiser was created when the Japanese Army found a Jeep in the Philippines during the Second World and was sent to Japan to be studied as for military use, Toyota was commissioned to make a Japanese model know as the AK, which is the granddad to all Land Cruisers, that evolved to the J20 and J30 series between the 1955 to 1960. The J40 which further evolved to the FJ and BJ Series in 1960. Initially all J40’s were powered by Toyota’s F-type engine, a 3.8-litre, inline six engine producing 105 hp and 189 lb ft (256Nm) of torque. The FJ was the designation given to the petrol, while the BJ designation was reserved for the diesel variant.
The iconic Land Cruiser debuted in 1974 with the B type engine, taking over from it predecessor the FJ series. The BJ40 was one of the most influential cars for the domestic market of Japan, due to the low cost of Diesel. It is now considered a classic and costs a premium over the more powerful petrol FJ series.
Brought to life in a very distinct yet exquisite glossy finished olive green and a beige soft top that makes it feel at home in its natural habitat the, outdoors. Make no mistake this stunner isn’t just easy on the eyes it can take on anything you throw at it regardless of the terrain, courtesy of the custom built roll bar and the Old Man Emu suspension components.
Powering this beauty is a rebuilt 3.0-litre inline four cylinder diesel engine, that cranks out 80bhp at 3600rpm and with a rebuilt clutch and transmission. Comfort has been given top priority even though it is an off-roader, it comes upgraded bucket seats in the front and rear bench seats, that can accommodate six adventurers.The interior is full of luxurious details, such as Italian leather upholstery, chubby and, floor mats that are custom-made.
Functionally, the tech used has a modern yet retro feel, with a Bluetooth enabled radio and traditional shaped LED lights.
1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 in details