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1983 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ42 For Sale

An opportunity to acquire this rare Toyota Land Cruiser BJ42 right-hand drive (yes, a BJ42 - not a gas-guzzling FJ40 or inferior BJ40). I imported this truck from Australia two years ago, and have since used it as regular transport and a getaway holiday ride. I have another TLC and a jeep, but this BJ42 turns people heads more than any other. Despite its rustic appearance, it is not out of place in any car park (assuming it’s high enough), garden party, beach or anywhere else. These Land Cruisers are built to last and last. My other one has done 1.1 million miles and runs like a clock. Select 5thgear, and the truck cruises at 100kph/60mph, and is surprisingly economical – I estimate I get about 35mpg in general. The roof rack is a tough, traditional, design.

As I see them, the ‘pros’ for this vehicle are:


It’s a BJ42 – i.e. later design;
More powerful and legendary 3.4L diesel engine (although the odometer reads 556,000 km, the engine was rebuilt approx. 160,000 km ago because the previous owner let it run out of water (!), but has recently been serviced and set up by TERRAIN TAMER;
5 speed gearbox (very tight and smooth);
Proper rear wheels handbrake operation (much better than the old drum-operated prop brakes);
Front disc brakes;
Stronger full-floating rear axle;
TERRAIN TAMER (arguably one of the best Land Cruiser workshops on the planet) were commissioned by me to carry out EXTENSIVE and very expensive work (over $6,000 worth) to ensure good mechanical condition even before it left Australia 2 years ago (TT did a very long list of work, see images of invoice);
Yet more extensive work carried out since its arrival in UK, including all new TERRAIN TAMER ‘soft-ride’ springs and bushes, plus new suspension shackles, new steering links, substantial re-wiring work, refurbished starter motor, and new battery. Also a pretty good set of BF Goodrich AT tires;
Underneath it’s solid, as you would expect of a TLC 42, with an immense chassis;
New MOT (November 2020);
Tax May 2020.


Steering – despite all the new parts, I have to say that one doesn’t so much ‘steer’ this truck as wrestle it around corners or to keep it straight. I have 19 inch arms, and I’m not sure whether it’s the gym or this truck that did that. So, think of this truck as an opportunity to make you even more manly than before. If, on the other hand you are a woman, then think just how much more you’ll be able to rule the roost at home. My other 40 has power-steering and it drives beautifully, so it’s worth getting that done. I can have power-steering fitted, but if I do that then it will add to the price;
The exhaust is not great, and should be replaced asap. These are not hard to get, but again, if I have it done, the price of the truck will go up;
The body work has seen better days, it’s sort of faded generally and has numerous rusty bits. But if you want a totally rust-free, as new, BJ42 then get ready to kiss goodbye to up to £50,000. I considered having a full strip-down (not me, the truck!), and body/paintwork refurbishment done for a £6,000 quote, and again that would simply raise this vehicle’s price.

This is a truck that is already in great shape mechanically, and needs relatively little related work (e.g. power-steering, new exhaust soon) to complete that side of things. While the truck is quite ready to go on long hauls or pose around town (sounds like a ‘Miss World’ introduction), if you have handy paintjob skills or want to spend some extra money on professional body refurbishment, then what you’d have is a remarkable piece of engineering and a beauty to behold. These vehicles are also great investments, with one after another TV car expert emphasising how these trucks are becoming the domain the smart buyer. Anyway, I’m not in any hurry to sell – the longer I have it, the more its value goes up!
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