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For Sale: 1960 Toyota FJ28 Land Cruiser in Saint Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

Rooted in a Jeep-like 1951 prototype for an all-terrain utility vehicle intended for evaluation by Japan's National Police Reserve, Toyota's BJ was soon renamed "Land Cruiser" by 1954. These rugged and practical vehicles quickly earned a stellar reputation for ruggedness, practicality, and their uncanny ability to traverse the most forbidding terrain. Beyond its military origins, the Land Cruiser was relentlessly developed, upgraded, and soon made available in a civilianized version dubbed the J2, a striking vehicle with rounded fenders, a stylish grille, and even the addition of fashionable chrome-plated trim. A wide array of Land Cruiser models followed, with 14 variations offered within the evolutionary J2/J3 period alone. Importation of the definitive short-wheelbase FJ40 to the United States commenced in 1960 and for much of the following decade, it was Toyota's best seller there, offered through 1983 with Japanese production ending the next year. Land Cruisers of a bewildering array of model types and body styles were exported throughout Asia, the Middle East, and South America through the decades as well. A large part of the FJ's longstanding success was down to its simple, tough mechanical components and remarkable ease of maintenance and repair - even in primitive conditions. Interestingly, the Land Cruiser's "F Series" inline six-cylinder engine, part of Toyota's arsenal since 1949, was modeled after the cylinder block and internal assembly of the 235 cubic-inch Chevrolet "Stovebolt" truck engine and contemporary GMC cylinder-head design. While only rated 125-135 horsepower for much of the original FJ production run, Toyota's F Series engines more importantly generated ample low-end torque, capably powering the FJ through the worst terrain. Every bit as dependable, durable, and capable as the famous Jeep and arguably even more so, original FJ-Series Land Cruisers are remarkably rare, with precious few of these rugged workhorses surviving intact today. Collector interest is at an all-time high today, though, spurring the hunt for rare and restorable examples to meet demand, including this distinctive and extremely rare 1960 FJ28 4-door wagon. Officially designated the FJ28LVA, this four-door, long-wheelbase 1960 Toyota Land Cruiser hails from the final year of J2-series Land Cruiser production. Interestingly, four-door station wagon bodies were supplied to Toyota by GIFU Auto Body Industries in Japan and this striking example is one of fewer than five of these exceedingly rare early Land Cruisers currently known to exist in the United States. Consistent with its go-anywhere purpose, this FJ28 was discovered in a remote Venezuelan village and then meticulously restored by Land Cruiser marque specialists. Evocatively finished in Pine Green with off-white inserts and roof, the FJ28 is accented by a fabulous custom tan and tartan interior treatment. Fit and finish of the paint and body are to factory standards or better. The venerable F135 OHV inline 6-cylinder engine and underhood compartment are exceptionally tidy and well detailed, featuring proper factory components and finishes throughout, with the exception of the welcome addition of reliable 12-volt electrics including a modern, GM-type alternator. Inside, the FJ28 features a factory steering wheel, drive range selector, and floor shifter for the 3-speed manual transmission, plus a 160 km/h speedometer. Factory tire inflation and shift-pattern tags are also affixed to the dash, plus a brass Gifu body ID plate. The interior is tastefully updated with attractive brown upholstery with green tartan cloth inserts on the seats, along with custom floor mats bound in matching brown for touch of upscale feel to the otherwise utilitarian cabin. A bench-type rear seat provides additional passenger space, yet leaves a high-capacity rear cargo space, with the full-size spare wheel/tire assembly correctly mounted upright, and tidily out of the way. Twin rear ambulance doors provide exceptional usability when larger cargo handling ability is required. Other desirable details include useful front bumper-mounted towing hooks, a rear license-plate light, Gifu Body mud flaps, and proper body-color steel wheels mounting small chrome hubcaps and chunky, period style off-road tires. Benefiting from a quality specialist restoration, this extremely rare, long-wheelbase 1960 Toyota FJ28LVA will certainly enhance any worthy classic-vehicle collection. It would make a marvelous vintage camping or fishing vehicle, and best of all, it stands ready to propel you and your lucky friends virtually anywhere you should ever care to go! Offers welcome and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website

Vehicle Details

  • 1960 Toyota FJ28 Land Cruiser
  • Listing ID: CC-1676268
  • Price: $98,500
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1960
  • Make:Toyota
  • Model:FJ28 Land Cruiser
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:7445
  • VIN:0FJ2820162L
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