Vehicle Location: GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Auction Type: Reserve
Engine: 4.2L Diesel I6 Motor
Exterior: Light Beige
1992 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ77
– 4.2L Diesel I6 Motor
– Japanese Import
– Right Hand Drive
– 4WD with Factory Front and Rear Diff Locks
– 138k Original Miles (223k Kilometers)
– California Truck with Clean Cali Title
“”… the utilitarian, workhorse Land Cruiser that’s been an object of desire for anyone who misses the old-school, bare-bones version of Toyota’s legendary SUV.”” â??Doug Demuro, Oversteer, 10/2/2018 Automotive journalist, Doug Demuro, went on to call the 70-Series the “”Forbidden Land Cruiser.”” Describing the vehicle’s history: “”When the FJ40 ended production in the early 1980s, Toyota split the Land Cruiser world into two models-the 60 Series and the 70 Series. North America got the FJ60, but the 70 Series was considered too utilitarian for our needs, so it never came here.”” Like many vehicles denied to American buyers, the HZJ77 Land Cruisers became something of a legend. With the expiration of the 25-year prohibition on their import, a limited number of these JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) right-hand-drive-only, diesel-powered Land Cruisers are at last finding their way onto America’s roads… and backroads… and no roads.
Another automotive reviewer listed many of the 70 Series technical and engineering charms: “”In long-wheel base J77 form, it came equipped with one of Toyota’s best engines, the 1HZ 4.2L six-cylinder diesel engine. The 1HZ offers low-end torque, reliability, longevity, and the ability to add a turbocharger. (The engine’s) so good that it is still in production today. The 1HZ diesel was paired with the A440f automatic 4-speed torque converter lock-up transmission. It’s mechanically actuated and hydraulically controlled with mechanical throttle-control input for kick-down function. The power goes to all four wheels when engaged through electrically activated front hubs and a full-floating rear axle. The benefit of a full-floating rear axle is easy repair if it breaks out in the field-which it won’t because this is a 70 series Land Cruiser!”” The vehicle offered here has been used, but importantly, not abused over its 138,000 miles (a relatively conservative average of just under 5,000 miles per-year). While there really are no “”garage queen”” HZJ77 Land Cruisers out there given their intended purpose, this example shows quite well. Its light beige exterior paint beneath white roof paint (all appearing to have benefitted from a professional re-spray) is shiny and unblemished. Body panels are free of damage and the only obvious surface rust is forward of the right-rear wheel opening. Body trim, emblems, glass and, aftermarket alloy wheels are all in excellent condition. The oversize Falken Wildpeak premium off-road tires retain excellent tread.
Inside, the Land Cruiser offers utilitarian looks, but creature comforts including power windows, automatic transmission, sunroof, and air conditioning… even an analog altimeter. Gray plastic dashboard surfaces are free of damage. Well-bolstered front bucket seats and rear bench seats are upholstered in two-tone gray fabric. Gray carpeting is in place throughout. The ambulance-style rear doors open to a generous cargo area where surfaces show use, but not abuse. The engine bay is tidy and well organized. The engine is clean but not detailed to an unrealistically high level. Underneath, all components are present and everything is solid. Skid plates are free of dents and damage. Clearly it has been well cared for.
The more than 175 high-definition photographs available show the vehicle from every angle, including underneath, and give a faithful representation of condition. Also, the short video gives a sampling of the diesel engine’s characteristic note.
Demuro called the HZJ77 “”arguably the best Land Cruiser ever built.”” It’s unfortunate that so few made it to our shores, but that just makes the ones we have here that much more desirable for the go-anywhere adventurist. Thanks for looking.