Hemmings Hotties: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ74 LX

I know there are a few of you here who love these things. The Hooniverse love of JDM is well-documented, and many of us love a good 4×4. So, what better way to combine those two loves than with a nearly perfect Land Cruiser? Let’s check out this import special.

Land Cruisers are hugely popular around the word, and the US is no exception. After all, we invented the SUV! Fun fact: the first light trucks produced by Toyota were reverse engineered from a stolen Bantam MkII. The rest is history.
Let’s take a look at the facts about this BJ74:

Location:Ozark, Missouri 65721
Exterior:Beige Metallic

Description: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ74 LX, Land Cruisers Direct specializes in finding and importing high quality unique diesel vehicles from around the world. This 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ74 LX was legally imported in 2014 and then professionally restored to bring the vehicle to a near-new condition. 3.4L Turbo Diesel engine, 4-speed automatic tranmission. Four wheel drive, and factory air conditioning. Low original miles! Check out www.landcruisersdirect.com for more pictures.Price: $24,000 obo 855-494-8696
1988-3799-73This company has clearly taken good care of this Land Cruiser. If you look at the build pictures when they first picked it up, you will see how much work they have done to bring it back to factory spec. I have to say, I really like the spartan, almost drab interior of this Landy, and many other cars from the 80’s: there are fewer distractions and fewer creature comforts, which lets you get on with the business of actually driving the thing. When I owned a 1986 Mazda 626, it had three pedals and two levers, and I loved every moment I owned it.
1988-3799-118Wide doors open to a wide, flat, simple loading area. No muss, no fuss. Me gusta.1988-3799-72
For $24,000, you even get correct badging. How cool is that?
So, who’s up for some pristine JDM Land Cruiser? I’d drive it – how about you? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: Hemmings]

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  1. Alff Avatar

    It’s unusual in the U.S. to be sure but it’s got three strikes against it… high price, too nice and that front bumper looks more Jeepney than Jeep.

  2. dead_elvis Avatar

    That’s an awfully pretty example – I might feel a twinge of regret bashing it through the hinterlands & using it like a proper 4×4.
    I’ve spotted its twin around Seattle a number of times – not so shiny, and without such a massive front bumper/diving platform – but never in a more challenging environment than the REI parking garage.

    1. mve Avatar

      Challenging because it’s a parking garage, or challenging because it’s REI, and full of new Outbacks and Legacy wagons?
      I kid.

      1. dead_elvis Avatar

        I guess the sarcasm font tags didn’t work!

        1. sangandongo Avatar

          I just bought its darker cousin. It’ll be floating around Seattle and the surrounding mountains soon. 49k original miles, 13J-TD engine, slate grey, huge bull bar… It arrives in about a week.

          1. dead_elvis Avatar

            Excellent! Where are you bringing it in from? Hope you’ll post up some pix.

          2. sangandongo Avatar

            I got it through Amazing Auto Imports in Richmond, BC. They just took it down from their website. It’s still on the container ship and should arrive in a few days. I practically got it for a song.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    Is that thing still for sale? I think it was a Hemmings Find of the Day at least a couple months back.

    1. mve Avatar

      Sadly, it sold since posting this. The price was a little high in my opinion, but then I’ve never owned a Land Cruiser, much less a JDM.

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