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Nice and Clean: 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser

For those who like clean, original examples of automobiles that aren’t typically clean or original, I suspect you’ll like what you see here. Sent to us by an anonymous Barn Finds reader, this 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser can be found here on eBay in Highland Park, Illinois. The reserve appears to have been met after 24 bids have pushed the price to $10,500.

The seller describes this Land Cruiser as very nice, straight and rust free. Finished in the simply named White, the paint and body live up to the seller’s description. The paint shines, exterior plastics aren’t faded, and all chrome looks bright. A departure from what, in my experience, has become the norm for the FJ60, this Land Cruiser is void of any off-road upgrades.

I recommend you flip through the photos in the eBay listing, as just the one above doesn’t do this FJ60’s interior justice. It’s clean. Really clean. I don’t know how this interior has survived so well after 33 years and almost 180k miles. If those interior photos aren’t enough to whet your appetite, the seller has included a walk-around (and walk-into?) video here.

If there’s one place this Land Cruiser shows its age, its under the hood. The 4.0L inline-six is said to run and drive well but could use some tidying up. Since there appears to be so little else to do to make this a likely showstopper, time spent under the hood will be well invested to complete the clean, original package. A, in my opinion anyway, desirable 5-speed transmission sends power to the rear (or all four) wheels. For those who prefer carburation to fuel-injection, this was the final year for the 4.0L carbureted engine before being replaced by the 4.2L fuel-injected variant in 1988.

I enjoy a good Land Cruiser and I don’t object to being a poseur. While this appears to be an excellent candidate to keep in it’s original state, it sure would be tempting to put a lift on it and wrap some bigger tires on those stock rims and let it live its life as a mall crawler. I wouldn’t have the heart to give it any off-road time but would want it to at least look partially ready for it. How would you write the next chapter of this Land Cruiser’s life?


  1. Eric B

    Just starting to get broken in.

  2. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This auction begs the question: Now that SUVs are the U.S.’s most popular vehicle (not sure about the rest of the world), will vintage examples start demanding high $$?

    It certainly has happened with pickup trucks.

    • Eric B

      They have been for years. Started with old Broncos, Scouts, and now up to more recent models like Cherokees, 4runners, this land cruiser, etc.

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