Updated: Jan 22, 2019
I just returned from Scottsdale Arizona where we had a great week at the Barrett Jackson car auctions. Early Bronco's were everywhere as were classic Chevy C/K pickups. Lot's of Muscle and Mopar as well.
This year saw ten Land Cruisers rolling across the stage and they ranged in price from $22,000 for a Mustard 1976 to $82,500 for a modified 1965 FJ45 long bed.
Land Cruiser mania has calmed down a bit over the past couple years. The average price at Barrett this year was $38,935.
Lot 846.1. This 1965 Toyota FJ45L 4x4 custom pickup is a unique vehicle that is the ultimate Land Cruiser and was treated to a frame-off restoration with many custom features throughout. It was then decorated with TRD emblems and decals. It has all-new glass with the exception of the door glass.
Some exterior upgrades include a Lazer Star 48” LED light bar, Summit Racing LED headlights, ZXR 9000-pound winch, custom bumpers, diamond plating and chrome wheels with 37x12.50 R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires. The bed was Rhino-lined black, and a storage box, along with a matching full size spare tire, was added. Some interior upgrades include a carpeted headliner and sound bar, custom gauges, Billet Specialties Formula 14” steering wheel, 1979 FJ40 bucket seats, RCI seatbelts, custom pedals, custom console, custom shifter, custom sound system and mounted fire extinguisher.
The painted engine compartment is nicely detailed throughout. It houses a 350ci V8 engine that runs and sounds great. Some engine upgrades include an Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock carburetor, Holley fuel pump, Billet Specialties Streamline air cleaner, Streamline valve covers and custom pulleys. The engine is cooled by an aluminum radiator with billet overfill canister. The engine breathes through Hooker ceramic headers and a Flowmaster exhaust system with chrome tips. The engine is coupled to a 1978 FJ40 4-speed manual transmission with Centerforce clutch. It’s equipped with a Saginaw power steering unit that works nicely.
The undercarriage is detailed throughout with many upgrades. Some of the upgrades include a counteract electrostatic corrosion control system, FJ40 front and rear differentials with front disc brakes, Bilstein shocks and a relocated battery.