Hold on to something ordinary for long enough and it becomes a collectors item right?
A few decades is all it takes for memories of the cramped, uncomfortable cabin and bone jarring ride to fade and be replaced with warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia.
Case in point is this beautifully restored FJ45 Cruiser ute. Top dollar in Australia, and you’d be requiring a ‘wood-duck’ to pull it, would be about $25k, but not in the States. You can nab this ‘as new’ 42 year old Cruiser for US87,000, or around the same price as new mid-spec 200 Series.
In US spec, the FJ40-series LandCruisers were powered by a 3.9-litre petrol straight-six which made 93kWs and 283Nm. The FJ45 ute came standard with two doors, one steering wheel a four-speed manual transmission and a low range transfer case that supplied drive to both live axles which were held in place with a set of ‘cart springs’.
There was also one fuel tank and maybe a heater.
Brakes are drums all-round, no power assistance (of course) and door trims? Well there weren’t any.
“Presented here is a 1974 FJ45 Land Cruiser Pickup sporting a beautiful Sky Blue paint job with grey interior. It was partially restored cosmetically and mechanically by a third party in early 2015, and meticulously inspected and fine-tuned to show condition by The FJ Company.”
I know what you’re thinking right now. Yes, that’s a lot of money for an old car with a spec sheet that would fit on half a Post-It note, but you want it, don’t you?
Original source: Autoblog