1975 Toyota FJ40
Show Truck and Trailer
1975 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
-4.2L Inline 6 Cylinder
-4 Speed Manual Transmission
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“Fishing… hunting… camping, wherever you're headed… go with the Tough Toyota….” Toyota FJ40 period magazine advertisement
Back in the day, that magazine advertising copy was right on the money. The rugged, safari-tested reliability of the Toyota FJ40 made it the perfect choice for people headed out to the wilds for outdoor recreation. In most respects, that's still true nowadays as the continuing popularity of the FJ40 demonstrates. But there's one nagging issue: Today, pursuits like back-country skiing, upriver kayaking, and ultimate rock-climbing have been added to the growing list of adventure sports. The related vehicle issue is cargo space. Today's outdoorsperson—and his or her companion—needs to bring a good deal more equipment along for the trip. Multiple rucksacks, coiled rope and climbing gear, tents, stoves, kayaks and canoes, and all sorts of related equipment—to say nothing of food and bedding—can often exceed the FJ40's cargo-carrying capacity. What was once ample in the seventies no longer suffices almost fifty years later. So, either get a bigger SUV… or change the game for the FJ.
Offered here is a true game-changer of an FJ40 providing nearly triple the cargo capacity by way of a matching trailer, without sacrificing its rough-country capability. Think of it as an “FJ-Plus1.” The pair makes for an adventurer's dream.
The lead vehicle is a fully restored 1975 FJ. Its power comes by way of a 4.2-liter, 6- cylinder engine putting out 135 horsepower, linked to a floor-mounted 4-speed synchromesh transmission. Like all FJs, the vehicle was built with reinforced steel-- from the solid steel front bumper to the chassis—riveted and welded to take punishment. Power front disc brakes provided controlled deceleration important for reliable trail-driving.
The exterior of the FJ has been professionally repainted in a bright, Pacific Ocean-blue. Or North Carolina mountain blue. Or Lake Michigan winter blue. (Your choice.) The paint is in excellent condition, uniformly applied and glossy across the entire vehicle. The front bumper includes an oversized brush-guard, a power winch, and twin towing hooks with pintles; in the rear the factory swing-away spare-tire carrier is in place. Light-gray steel wheels wear BFG Mud-Terrain tires (with a matching spare). All body emblems are in place. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks. The cabin roof is painted white to reflect the sun's rays. On-roof added equipment includes auxiliary lighting, a surfboard and carrier, a custom, enlarged roof rack with added gear, shovels, netted stowage compartment, spare fuel cans and more, all included.
The interior of the FJ matches the color and condition of the exterior. Black rubber floor matting and vinyl upholstery are in place, as is the factory roll cage system. The simplicity of the dash is maintained, and the original steering wheel is in place. The floor-mounted 4-speed shifter also retains its factory knob. Door trim and center-facing, fold-up rear seats are free of damage. All factory data plates are in place and properly mounted.
Under the hood, the engine bay is complete and tidy, but not overly detailed. The truck's undercarriage shows surface rust across many surfaces (but no body-panel rust)reflecting its 94,000-mile journey to date. However, there are no signs of abuse—no trail or rock damage—on any surface or component, including the exhaust system.
The accompanying single-axle cargo trailer features matching blue paint, wood side and rear rails, raised, covered top with roll-up side shades, fire extinguisher, and additional 5-gallon fuel can.
Also included in the sale is a binder with detailed photos of the restoration, a copy of the Haynes repair manual, and a custom wood-box carrier and lanterns.
The more than 200 high-definition photographs and the accompanying walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully present this remarkable FJ40 and its companion trailer from virtually every angle. Of course, the best appraisal of the vehicle will come from an up-close, in-person look. For that, we encourage inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that an appointment be made in advance via phone or email contact so that we can devote our attention to our visitors and the car.
It's safe to say the opportunity to own this well-equipped, restored FJ40 together with its matching “safari trailer” is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of deal. The one lucky outdoorsperson (who has probably already looked at all the photos here several times) is going to be very pleased with their purchase.