1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 – The Land Cruiser is one of the most successful vehicles on the planet and is beloved by truck enthusiasts worldwide for its legendary reliability and reputation for easily tackling any terrain in its path. As Toyota’s longest-running model with more than 10 million units sold worldwide, interest in the Land Cruiser has only increased since debuting in 1951. Legacy Classic Trucks Founder and automotive historian Winslow Bent recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an early rendition of the iconic truck for his new YouTube series, This Old Truck. In the show’s latest episode, Bent is able to spend significant time behind the wheel of a 1968 Land Cruiser FJ40 that was largely restored with original parts in an effort to honor the truck’s iconic lineage.
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“This Old Truck is a show that was built so that we could properly showcase some of the most legendary trucks from throughout automotive history. We seek out vintage trucks that have incredible stories, and few trucks can match the longevity and provenance of the Land Cruiser,” comments This Old Truck Host, Winslow Bent. “While millions of these trucks have been sold over the years, it can be tough to track down a near-original rendition of a 60’s-era Land Cruiser, but we were fortunate enough to locate a stunningly restored version. It’s absolutely incredible to see how well this truck still holds up in the elements.”
1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Photos
For more than seven decades, few trucks have demonstrated the versatility and dependability of the Land Cruiser. This 1968 FJ40 features one of the earliest configurations of the Land Cruiser and maintains several of the original vehicle’s components. Originally driven over to the United States from Honduras in 1969, this Land Cruiser incorporates the original four-wheel drive and Toyota’s reliable F engine. The original large steering wheel remains in place as another vintage inclusion, while the period-correct gauges and dashboard make both driver and passengers feel like they’re living in the 1960’s. Another important aspect of the Land Cruiser is the ability to tow and pull large objects, and an original front power take off winch powered by the vehicle’s transmission allows this 1968 Land Cruiser to offer incredible towing capacity and power.
The overall strength of design behind the original Land Cruiser helped usher in a new era of truck that was built to fit in anywhere. Few modes of transport remain as timeless as the Land Cruiser, and the restoration of this particular 1968 FJ40 maintains the vehicle’s original frame and design. While a majority of the truck’s original components remain intact, the vehicle’s original manual steering and front drum brakes were upgraded for improved drivability. This Land Cruiser also underwent a disc brake conversion, a two-inch lift, and added an Old Man Emu suspension to allow for improved handling in modern conditions.
Bent’s mission with This Old Truck is to help viewers understand the significance and importance of the vintage trucks responsible for revolutionizing the automotive industry through groundbreaking design and performance. In this episode, Bent puts the restored 1968 Land Cruiser to the test up against the elements of Driggs, Idaho and showcases how the rig holds up even in modern conditions. With interest in classic Land Cruisers at an all-time high, Bent seamlessly conveys how Toyota’s longest-running nameplate continues to add to its legendary overlanding status.
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