1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

Courtesy of Bonhams

The iconic BJ40 offered here is a desirable convertible diesel variant that is seldom seen in the United States. The truck has just received a comprehensive, fully documented, body-off restoration by marque specialists. Every aspect of this truck has been thoroughly inspected and either upgraded or restored. The countless hours of detailed and meticulous craftsmanship seamlessly blend the iconic vintage design with modern technology, creating a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

During the restoration, the body was stripped to bare metal and media-blasted prior to painting. The exterior is finished in menacing flat black with gloss black adorning key details. Inside, the well-bolstered bucket seats and rear benches are covered in exceptional hand-crafted, two-tone leather, providing a comfortable experience for up to six passengers, who are all protected by the custom-built, extra-strength roll bar. Under its beautiful skin is the fully rebuilt, indestructible 3-liter B-type engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Whether cruising on the highway or navigating the roughest of terrain, the Old Man Emu suspension components, steel wheels and new BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires ensure that this 4×4 is prepared for anything that you throw at it.

The overarching theme of the build was to keep true to the look and feel of the original icon, but sprinkled throughout are high-end improvements for a more enjoyable experience including items such as LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled Sony sound system. Accompanying the vehicle is extensive photo documentation of the world-class restoration. With room for plenty of friends to hit the road or trail, this convertible BJ40 is a top example of the vintage Toyota Land Cruiser that would be the envy of the crowd whether at a show or off-road event.


Jeff Zurschmeide

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Jeff is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.”

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