Those in the know love a vehicle like this 1982 Toyota FJ43 Land
Cruiser. After all, it has the look of the classic FJ40 but it's a
rarer version with a longer wheelbase. So this sharp-looking
restored classic SUV has added utility to an already timelessly
robust symbol of go-anywhere motoring.
This Land Cruiser generation was around for more than 20 years
because they were just too rugged to replace. This 1982 model is
from the end of the initial Toyota run. So it earns the later-style
vibrant blue paint and the white wheels that make this look like
it's ready to pass the baton on to the 4Runner. But the real reason
why this one looks so good is that there have been the right
investments to keep this looking impressive with good lines, clean
bumpers, and clear glass. Plus, the added style brings plenty of
useful substance. The full canvas roof looks like a newer piece
that crisply displays the longer wheelbase profile, and the
headlights are now brighter LED units. And those great-looking
wheels we love also mean you get to fit proper modern off-road
tires - including the full-size spare on the swing-away rear mount.
It all comes together in a package that is the ideal look of a
clean and bright classic that's also not so fancy that it won't
have some fun when you're ready.
Not only does the soft top have the kind of tautness that tells you
it's newer, but it also gives you a ton of versatility. You can
roll up the sides for a cool look and a cool breeze, or you can
fold it all up to quickly give you a full convertible. The interior
even harmonizes nicely with the exterior thanks to a fresh and
clean look done in a stylish gray. But because these FJs are meant
to be open to the world, everything is built to stay robust. The
vinyl on the seats feels supple yet nearly bulletproof. There's
also a matching durable vinyl on the door panels, and the floors
are robustly covered, too. The gauges are simple, clean, and hardy.
You'll even like showing off the little things, like the
speedometer in kilometers that are another reminder this was an
individual import. The longer wheelbase is handy to give more space
in the rear. That's nice when utilizing the opposing jump seats or
folding them up for the extra cargo capacity.
The engine bay has the tidy look of a well-respected powerhouse. FJ
fans know a later one like this comes with a more desirable
4.2-liter motor. That means the same F-series engine robustness,
but there's more displacement than older ones for added power. This
example is said to have been under top-quality professional care,
and the way it fires up nicely and runs smoothly reaffirms the
commitment to quality. You are in full control of the motor thanks
to the four-speed manual transmission. Plus, front disc brakes make
stopping easy. You'll easily be able to enjoy the go-anywhere
reputation thanks to the two-speed 4x4 transfer case. But the
undercarriage photos show such a clean vehicle that we wonder how
many times it has ever left the pavement since its restoration.
All the robustness you love about an FJ in a well-done and rare
package. This restored FJ43 Land Cruiser is a classic 4x4 with all
the right distinction, so you know you need to make it yours. Call
1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ
Location:Lithia Springs, Georgia
Model:Land Cruiser FJ
Exterior Color:Medium Blue
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