Our feature vehicle for this week’s #FourByFriday theme is what appears to be a nice driver quality 1974 Toyota FJ40V Land Cruiser Hardtop we came across here on Craigslist in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the seller has his FJ40V realistically priced slightly less than halfway between the #3 “Good” estimate of $26,500 and the #4 “Fair” estimate of $10,700.
Toyota produced the original Fj40 in a number of different bodies styles from 1960 through 1983 with only minor engine changes and upgrades throughout its production run. In 1974, U.S. versions such as this example came standard with a factory-fitted full roll bar. This example is also the last year for the combination rear lift gate/half door before models exported to the U.S. started coming standard with rear barn doors.
The private seller states that his FJ40 is a well maintained and unmolested example that’s originally from southern California. He also states that his LandCruiser is all stock except for paint and the tire/wheel rim combination. From the limited pictures provided the repaint (the seller does not state when this example was repainted) presents well and remains very bright.
The lone interior picture provided confirms the interior is unmolested. The rear side-facing jump seats appear to be in great condition, however the white headliner currently sags and will need to be addressed soon after purchase. We note that this example does not have the factory roll bar installed, so you’ll need to confirm with the seller during your pre-purchase inspection whether he still has that available.
The seller also states that his FJ40 features the original engine that was rebuilt in 2010, however no picture is provided. His Land Cruiser also features new brakes, suspension components, and exhaust system. Unfortunately, the lack of undercarriage photos means you’ll have to do your homework to survey the chassis during your pre-purchase inspection, however the fact that this example spent at least part of its life in California likely means you’ll find a nice solid example here. We would love nothing more than to take this FJ40 exploring through the Jersey Pine Barrens as these were meant to be used! Good luck with the Purchase!