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Wheels In the Grass

Late 1960s Toyota Land Cruiser, Ellicottville, N.Y.

Toyota’s first Land Cruiser went on sale for the 1951 model year, and it was more Jeep-like than today’s Land Cruisers. This Series FJ55 model was Toyota’s first of the “station-wagon-like” LCs, a body style which was in production from 1967-1980. This week’s in-the-grass find is an FJ55 recently spotted down in the outskirts of Ellicottville, N.Y., and is probably a late 1960s model, judging from the lights. North American versions were powered by a 3.9-liter straight-six, which in 1975 was bumped up to 4.2 liters, and it could carry up to nine passengers. And if you’re in the market for one, this one’s for sale. Leave me a note and I’ll tell you just where to find it.

Today’s Land Cruisers are much more luxurious than the old FJ55s, and are more likely to be found in the mall parking lot than out in the fields — although they’re still capable!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know
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  • Max

    I had a friend who owned one around this vintage and it was evident that Toyota didn’t have its act together and as recently witnessed, what goes up must go down! My friend’s Land Cruiser constantly overheated and the transmission was both balky and noisy. He took a loss and traded it in on a Land Rover and ended up clocking 300K miles.