1972 Toyota FJ40
1972 Toyota FJ40
- 3.8L Inline 6
- 3 Speed Manual Transmission
- 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
- Lots of Recent Service
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“…timeless design and practicality… makes the FJ40 a true classic.” Driving.ca website, 2015
“Classic” is an oft-used accolade for the F40. As Jalopnik writer, Andrew Maness, put it: “By so many standards, the FJ40 Land Cruiser is the definitive 20th century 4x4. With an international pedigree like a Land Rover, the rugged simplicity of a Jeep, and swagger like an old Bronco, the FJ is a greatest hits album of classic trucks. Fun to look at, sure, but driving one will take your appreciation to a whole new level.” He continued: “It's a wonderfully simple vehicle that is much more than the sum of its parts, not only due to the vehicle's capabilities, but because of the things people associate with it: Toughness, adventurousness, reliability, style... the qualities of an FJ40 read like the Tinder profile of someone you'd bring home to your parents.”
The largely unmodified, 26,000-mile FJ 40 hardtop, was built in May of 1972. It is offered here in beige over black-and-beige, and delivers on all those traits mentioned above. It's an excellent example of an original FJ.
The exterior paint, in what might be fairly called “desert tan,” is free of damage, dents, dings or any evidence of excessive off-road use. The roof is painted in white to reflect sunlight. This FJ has not been abused. The extended front bumper with provisions for a winch, tool storage, and the installed auxiliary driving lights, adds an increased measure to the legendary FJ “ruggedness.” In the same way, the roof-mounted safari rack (with ladder access) is an upgrade. The aftermarket white 8-spoke wheels are in unblemished condition and are mounted with Kumho raised-white-letter all-terrain tires. (The rear-mounted spare is unmatching.) The cabin glass is clear and free of cracks, as are the lighting lenses fore and aft. The factory side-mounted radio antenna is in place. All factory badges and emblems are similarly properly located and in excellent condition.
Inside, the interior is virtually all original including the two rear center-facing bench seats and the front split-bench. Black-vinyl upholstery is free of excessive wear and there are no rips or tears in the material. The characteristic simplicity of the dashboard instruments is unaltered down to and including the metal data plate with transmission operating instructions. The floor-mounted three-speed manual shifter retains its factory shift-pattern knob. The FJ's steering wheel center emblem shows age patina. The simple factory radio has been retained. Rubber floor coverings are also original. A pop-up sunroof and a fire extinguisher are mounted.
Under the hood, the original 3.8-lier inline 6-cylinder engine remains in place in a tidy, but not highly detailed engine bay. All associated components appear to be properly located and present. (Owner's and service manuals—including the Haynes repair manual—together with some spare parts accompany the sale.) Engine-cooling hoses and plug wires have been upgraded and a fresh battery is also in place, as are factory data plates. The undercarriage is free from any obvious off-roading damage; no dented exhaust pipes or missing components. Newer “lifted” shock absorbers are mounted. Only light surface rust is present on some un-coated undercarriage surfaces.
The truck was purchased recently out of Ohio with a full paint restoration, new leaf springs/shocks, and 4-wheel disc brake conversion. Most recently, a new carburetor, new rotor and distributor cap were installed. It has been a well-cared for truck and the lock out hubs/4WD system works well.
The more than 170 high-definition photos together with the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully present this well cared-for FJ from every angle, including from underneath. Of course, nothing can take the place of an in person, close-up inspection, which is why we encourage interested parties to visit our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We only ask that an appointment be made in advance by phone or email.
Just last year, Hagerty's Jeff Peek looked at the market for these legendary vehicles and concluded: “As the Toyota FJ40 market settles, now might be the time to buy.” We tend to agree.