Right Hand Drive Diesel: 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser – Sold?
October 25, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
October 11, 2021 Update – While preparing our latest Truckin Tuesday features, we confirmed the private seller of this Land Cruiser just lowered their asking price from the original ask of $32,900 by $4,000 to $28,900.
The market for Japanese market vehicles imported into the United States is often associated with some of the most iconic sports cars of the 80s and 90s, but the appreciation for these pieces of forbidden fruit owes a lot to the rad-era of four-wheel-drives. As much as the import market is saturated by Skylines and Supras, Landcruisers and Patrols are right there with them. Take this 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist in Melbourne, Florida with just under 165,000 miles, and the six-cylinder diesel engine never sold stateside, now offered for $28,900 (the original ask was $32,900). As this version of the Land Cruiser doesn’t exist in any U.S. pricing guides, there’s no direct baseline to compare this price against, but it’s certainly in line with any nicely preserved 1980s Landcruiser.
When you’re going through the trouble of importing any gray market or Japanese market-spec vehicle, it’s important to consider whether you’re getting a vehicle that is truly unrepeatable considering the money and time that must be invested in getting it here. Plus, there’s just the general logistics hassle of lining up transportation after it clears customs, which is time you don’t get back. That’s why old-school Toyota trucks are among the most frequently imported vehicles: robust diesel drivetrains mean they are largely reliable, but these powerplants were also always considered forbidden fruit for Toyota truck shoppers. So, you get the dependability of a 1980s Toyota truck, with the added bonus of exclusivity that comes with a truck like this.
While this MotorWeek Retro Review segment focuses on a left-hand drive, U.S. version of the 1991 Land Crusier, it still provides a nice overview of the features and performance of this generation of Land Cruiser:
The seller claims this truck – with 163,400 miles – is in like-new condition. This actually may not be too far from the truth, as many Japanese market vehicles seem to arrive in incredibly nice condition despite not showing non-time warp mileage. The Land Cruiser comes with an exceptionally bulletproof six-cylinder diesel engine that will easily outlast the truck’s bodywork should it go to live in a winter climate, but hopefully for the kind of money required to take it home, this Japanese market truck will simply be used as a fair-weather hauler or beach truck. The seller confirms there is no rust and also no outstanding mechanical issues; amazingly, the air conditioning still blows cold. It’s not cheap, but you can’t beat an 80s squarebody SUV with the unmistakable flair of a true JDM product. Good luck with the purchase if you take this wicked Land Cruiser home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1991 toyota land cruiser
condition: like new
cylinders: 6 cylinders
paint color: blue
title status: clean
!!!!! Right Side Import !!!!
Very Rare Car for Car Collectors and Car Importers
Diesel 4.2L Motor
Everything works great with the SUV
AC Blows cold
NO Mechanical Issues
Classified as an Antique
Currently Asking $32,900 OBO
Car located in the Melbourne/Palm Bay Area
Clean FLORIDA TITLE / Ready to Sell.”
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