No Reserve FJ62: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruisers are no longer the occasional collector vehicle; they are a full-on, every day, top-shelf collector trucks when found in condition similar to this impeccable FJ62 listed on eBay. It’s fairly black-and-white, as you can still spot the occasional FJ62 rotting in a salvage yard or sentenced to the scrap heap if it’s lived in the snow belt, but pristine examples and dry survivors alike command a fair price wherever they go. So it’s not surprising to see the Land Cruiser here on eBay knocking on $20,000 at the moment with close to two days left in the auction and no reserve to clear.

This example wears a rare coat of red paint, as most of the Land Cruisers we see are typically painted in earth tones, like tan and dark gray. The seller does acknowledge that it appears to be a respray, however. The fire engine paint job only helps to show off this Land Cruiser even more, which shows virtually no flaws going down the sides – no dings, either – with all panels lining up impressively straight. Bumper chrome and polished wheels look quite good as well, and the glass is intact and crystal clear. There’s just 113,000 original miles on this truck, which is practically nothing for a Land Cruiser of this era; it’s the W123 of the four-by-four crowd.

Under the hood is the super reliable 4.0 I6 3F-E engine paired to an automatic transmission. While a manual was offered, it’s not essential in a truck like, and for off-road excursions, some might even say the auto is a better choice (I realize this is a hotly debated topic in the 4×4 community.) Regardless, it’s all said to work incredibly well, with no sloppy shifting and four wheel drive working as it should. The seller doesn’t detail any recent maintenance or upkeep, which is a tad concerning, but the truck also presents like one that’s been loved for quite some time. The engine bay is clean and nicely detailed, but it’d still be good to hear about any recent belt jobs, cooling system refreshes, and the like.

The repaint was either quite extensive or a respray of the original color, as the door jambs and inner fenders match the outside. The interior is in phenomenal condition for a truck with over 100,000 miles, though there are signs of wear on the driver’s seat. The seller notes there is some light cracking in the dash which is to be expected for a truck that was actually used, but it doesn’t look too offensive in the photos. The collectability of Land Cruiser’s will continue for some time, especially as experts like collector car insurer Hagerty continue to tout the model line as an appreciating asset in next year’s class of collector-grade specimens. Where do you think bidding will end up for this nicely preserved Land Cruiser?

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Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    I worked on a red 88 in southern CA many years ago. Same year and color. Guy bought his new in 88 and we replaced the transmission at 288K. He loved that truck and I’m sure it was the last vehicle he owned before he passed.

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  2. Rich

    If this had A/C and the rest checks out as nice as it appears, this is a no brainer to me up to maybe 25K easy. A beautiful looking example, if no major faults uncovered this is a sweet chance to get in to a bit of history. Easy to maintain, only fear is the rust monster, but with attention and luck even that can be dealt with proactively. Best to both buyer and seller.

  3. XMA0891

    Wasn’t’87 the last year a manual transmission was available in these?

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  4. ace10

    FJ62’s were made from 1988 to 1990. Only came in auto with the 3FE. The FJ60, through 1987, were 2F powered through a 4 speed.
    It’s a popular (but not inexpensive) modification to put the H55 5 speed into either model.
    This example looks pretty good. Pics aren’t particularly helpful for evaluating critical areas, IMO.
    I probably wouldn’t be willing to buy this one sight unseen.

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    • David Poole

      I put a H55 in a 1984 during a restoration. Not cheap but best upgrade for the money.

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  5. Car Nut Tacoma

    Awesome looking rig. I remember when the Toyota Land Cruiser looked like this. I thought it was the best looking Cruiser since the FJ55. Given its condition and rarity, I’d say around $20,000 is a good price.

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