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Lot 102

1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

  • Chassis no. FJ40-265788
  • Engine no. 2F-230219

Sold for $82,500


135 bhp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low-range and part-time all-wheel drive, front and rear live-axle suspension, and hydraulic front-disc and rear-drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in.

  • Matching numbers; single-family-owned in Colombia
  • Frame-off restoration by The FJ Company
  • Rebuilt with NOS Toyota parts where possible
  • Finished in Sky Blue with Cygnus White roof
  • Factory air conditioning, original hardtop, and roll bar


From its humble beginnings as a rural police vehicle in Japan, the Toyota FJ40’s reputation has spread worldwide. When Toyota and Land Rover went head to head in the 1960s, Toyota prevailed in the roughest and toughest parts of the world, as the short-wheelbase FJ40 required less maintenance than its British counterpart.

Not surprisingly, collectors have recognized the value of Toyota’s back-country workhorse, and their enthusiasm is reflected in rising prices. Exceptional FJ40s can command as much as the most sophisticated modern 4X4s, with the certain knowledge that they are as tough, and far easier to repair. While some Land Rovers enjoy limited use as weekend showpieces, FJ40s are still doing the job for which they were designed.

The FJ40 also made considerable inroads into the Jeep market in the U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s, prized for the excellent factory hardtop, not offered by their American counterpart. The last FJ40s were imported to the U.S. in 1983, when it was replaced by a softer Land Cruiser SUV aimed at suburban travel. Toyota shifted its barebones focus to the rest of the world, and the FJ40 was built in Brazil (as the Bandeirante) and in Venezuela (as the Macho), while Australia still gets the updated 70 series for Outback use.

The FJ40 on offer has enjoyed single-family ownership in Colombia, where it was used as a city vehicle and for occasional trips to rural farms. It was restored by respected marque specialists The FJ Company of Miami, Florida, whose owners have a lifetime’s experience with FJ40s. The concours-quality restoration was fully documented and photographed. The frame was powder-coated, and two coats of urethane sealed the chassis and floors. Two coats of anti-corrosive primer preceded multiple coats of the original Sky Blue paint, with the top of the factory hardtop finished in Cygnus White. The roll bar was repainted, and the seats were upholstered in the correct grey material. The wiring harness was replaced, along with all fuse blocks and relays, and the gauges were refinished.

The 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, and four-wheel-drive system were systematically rebuilt, using Toyota OEM parts wherever possible, and Old Man Emu suspension parts were fitted. The original air conditioning was overhauled, all seals and bearings were replaced throughout, and all fixtures and nuts and bolts were zinc-plated.

This FJ40 is certain to be a hit on the show fields though would be equally at home if put to work. The lure of the Great Outdoors will always beckon an adventurous owner who knows that their Land Cruiser continues to exceed all expectations.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

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United Kingdom

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more