1983 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

Authentic Recreation of Iconic Off-Roader for The Modern Driver with Custom Upgrades and Contemporary Tech - Painstakingly Handcrafted by Leyton Cars

Offered at $135,000

Chassis No: FJ40359715

Odometer: 226 Miles

Engine: 4.2 Litre Inline-6 Toyota 2F Type OHV

Transmission: 5-Speed H55F Manual

Performance: 145 bhp @ 3,600 rpm / 230 lb-ft > Top Speed Approx. 90 mph

Exterior: Militia Green Matte

Interior: Orange Papaya Leatherette

About This Car

“These were the go-to vehicles for U.N. peacekeepers and warlords alike, and in many places they still are. The idea of the FJ40 being tough enough to handle the harshest conditions on the planet took root in the subconscious back then and has not only endured right up to present day, but blown up like tech stock prices in the ’90s. By so many standards, the FJ40 Land Cruiser is the definitive 20th century 4×4. With an international pedigree like a Land Rover, the rugged simplicity of a Jeep and swagger like an old Bronco, the FJ is a greatest hits album of classic trucks. Fun to look at, sure, but driving one will take your appreciation to a whole new level”.

The story of the Toyota Land Cruiser J Series (FJ40 / BJ40 etc.) starts in the Philippines during the Second World War, the Japanese had invaded the nation, along which much of the rest of East Asia, and they found an abandoned Jeep that had been left by retreating American forces.

There is a little contention as to exactly which Jeep or Jeep-like vehicle it was that they found, most sources say it was either a Willys Jeep or a Ford GPW (Ford’s Jeep), but some claim it was an American Bantam BRC 60 Mark II. Toyota themselves haven’t included any reference to this captured vehicle in their own history of the Land Cruiser, and instead pick up the story in the 1950s.

Whichever vehicle it was, we know that it was an American military 4×4, and we know the Japanese military immediately recognized how useful it would be to have their own version. It was shipped back to Japan, and Toyota was tasked with building a local version using as many off the shelf parts as possible – they were also instructed to make sure it didn’t look too much like a Jeep.

The FJ40 was in production from 1960 to 1984, and all the way up to 2001 in Brazil. It was Toyota’s best-selling model in the United States between 1961 and 1965, an easy accomplishment seeing as it was the only new Toyota sold here in the U.S. during those years. By 1965 global production had reached 50,000 units. By 1973 300,000 of them were roaming the planet in either hardtop, soft top, station wagon or pickup form.

The “F” in FJ refers to the Type F engine and the J stands for jeep, meaning the more generic WWII-borne use of that term and not the brand Jeep currently owned by Fiat Chrysler. The “40” refers to the displacement of the inline-six engine and the “Land Cruiser” name was conceived in 1954 by Toyota technical director Hanji Umehara who said: “I had to come up with a name for our car that would not sound less dignified than those of our competitors… that is why I decided to call it ‘Land Cruiser’.

The folks that grew up seeing these vehicles on the nightly news or in the pages of National Geographic now have the money to buy them as a pleasure vehicle, seeking to restore some of their youthful adventurousness, all while adding a much needed “cool factor” to their lives without being ostentatious. It is the happy medium between the tweed wearing, duck hunting Land Rover Series III crowd and the “hold my beer” Jeep CJ/Ford Bronco contingent.

Autobiography

Speedart Motorsports is delighted to offer for your consideration this masterfully refurbished FJ40, striking a fine balance between classic and modern, guaranteed to please any aficionado with a penchant for all-terrain vehicles or just nostalgic urban adventures.

Chassis No. 311387 was sourced in Colombia and its revival became possible due to the vision of a dedicated team of craftsmen in the country’s capital.

The ‘7 de Agosto’ district in Bogotá was named as such because it was founded on the centenary date of the Battle of Boyacá that took place on 7 August, 1819. Nowadays the district has vibrant fruit and vegetable markets and traders that you would find in any neighborhood, but it’s really all about the cars. The area is notable over and above other districts in that sell automotive parts thanks to the workshops in the area that specialize in classic car restoration. These workshops have become a centre for skills and are supported by the companies fabricating pattern body panels, new flooring, seat coverings and roof linings, hoses, radiators, body glass suppliers, the stores that import OEM parts from all over the world, and the specialists that recondition old parts for use in restorations.

This is where Leyton Cars Classics practice a wide variety of restorations and special commissions for clients worldwide – with a particular fancy for the venerable off-roaders from ‘the land of the rising sun’.

The company’s motto ‘Obsesión por la perfección’ in the native language is quite evident in this outrageous build, taking the Restomod concept to an entire different level.

Based on the late ‘70s and ‘80s-era FJ40 series trucks, the Leyton codenamed TY-FJ-002A, offers an authentic Land Cruiser experience with discreet improvements, such as a complete nut-and-bolt restoration to factory aesthetics with upgraded front disc brakes, ARB / Old Man Emu Leaf Springs with Nitrocharger sport shock and steering damper – good for about 2.5 inches of suspension lift above stock, 5-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, hydraulic steering assist and a few other tweaks throughout to make the finished product an overall light Restomod for the adventurist who prefers to crawl in classic style with a dash of modern amenities.

The 4,200cc low-revving Toyota OEM Type 2F engine, fully rebuilt to factory specs is responsible for 145 hp and 230 lb-ft, a significant jump of power and performance over the stock configuration.

The utilitarian Militia Green matte exterior with its removable Bimini top is representative of the era and includes a period correct front grille, turn signals, bumpers, mirrors, blindingly effective LED headlights, complemented by off-road LED projectors, Warn 8,000 lbs winch on the front and Hi-Lift jack behind the right front wing. At last the beautiful ‘cloisonné’ enameled badges further enhance the visual package of this adventurer.

 The interior is equally impressive with air-conditioning, electrically adjustable front custom seats, rear jump seats to accommodate a total of six passengers, a combination of analog and digital instruments cluster and a sound unit with communication and navigation capability as well as a rear view camera.

Responsible for thousands of man hours, the completion of this major undertaking along a second similar car offered also through us, took place in 2020 and the two FJs were imported to Miami as part of a private collection. The automobile has accumulated a total of 226 careful miles since its restoration, always kept in a climate control facility and offered for sale with a free and clear Florida title. This is a turnkey vintage Land Cruiser with a prohibitive cost and time to duplicate, as such we believe this to be an opportunity not to be missed.

Speedart Motorsports would like to invite all serious inquiries and interested parties to witness up-close and personal this folk hero at our Design District motoring gallery.

Build Sheet Data

General Information

  • VIN: FJ40359715
  • Restomod Model: DV40-001
  • Production No. TY-FJ-001V
  • Color Code:GR-MLT-MAT
  • Production Year: 1983
  • Restoration Year: 2020

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

  • Overall Length: 4,180 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,880 mm
  • Overall Height: 2,010 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,670 mm
  • Gross Weight: 3,300 lbs 
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal

Powertrain

  • Engine: Toyota 2F OEM
  • Displacement: 4.2 Litre 6 Cylinder Inline OHV
  • Compression Ratio: 8:1
  • Horsepower: 145 hp
  • Torque: 230 lb-ft
  • Fuel Injection: Electronic
  • Exhaust: Custom Stainless System – Ceramic Coated
  • Air Intake Admission: Exterior Snorkel 

Drivetrain

  • Gearbox: 5 Speed Manual Synchronized
  • Front Suspension: ARB / Old Man Emu Leaf Springs with Nitrocharger Sport Shock and Steering Damper
  • Rear Suspension: ARB / Old Man Emu Leaf Springs with Nitrocharger Sport Shock
  • Transfer Case: Toyota OEM
  • Traction: 4×2 / 4×4
  • Steering Type: GM Steering Box
  • Steering Assist: Hydraulic

Wheels, Tires & Brakes

  • Wheels: Vision Off-Road 6-Lug 17” x 9”
  • Tires: Toyo Open Country 275-65R17
  • Front Brakes: Disc Conversion Kit
  • Rear Brakes: Power Drum Brakes

Interior & Comfort

  • Dashboard Instrumentation: Analog / Digital Programable with LED Backlighting
  • Airconditioning: Climate Control
  • Radio & Electronics: JVC Integrated Multifunction Touchscreen
  • Sound: 4 Alpine Speakers
  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear View Mirrors: Manual Driver & Passenger Side
  • Windshield Wiper OEM System
  • Passenger Capacity: 6 Passengers
  • Driver & Passenger Seat: Power Adjustable Custom Seats in Water Resistant Leatherette 
  • Rear Seats: Bench Folding Seats

Installed Accessories

  • Winch: WARN VR Evo Series 8,000 lbs
  • Hi-Lift Jack HL-485
  • Snorkel Air-Intake Kit
  • LED Head Lamps: 6,000K
  • LED Fog Lamps: 6,000K
  • Daytime Running Lights: White LED

Paint & Finish

  • Body Paint: Glasurit & 3M
  • Exterior Finish: Militia Green Matte
  • Accessories Finish: Gloss
  • Wheels Finish: Matte Black
  • Chassis Finish: Powder Coated Gloss Black
  • Engine / Transmission: OEM Black plus Colored Accessories
  • Front End: Powder Coated Gloss Black
  • Rear End: Powder Coated Gloss Black
  • Exhaust: Ceramic Coated – Gold Cerakote

Disclaimer

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Please note that the mileage may vary slightly from the time of cataloguing due to demonstration and road testing purposes.