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Factory Soft Top, 1 Calif Owner Since '77, Original Tires on 2040-cars

US $40,000.00
Year:1975 Mileage:25199 Color: Freeborn Red

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Transmission:4 Speed Manual
Body Type:Factory Soft Top
Engine:4.2L I6
Vehicle Title:Clear


: 1975
Exterior Color: Freeborn Red
Make: Toyota
Number of Cylinders: 6
Model: Land Cruiser
Trim: FST
Drive Type: 4WD
Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Convertible
Mileage: 25,199
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty

1975 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 FST 

Factory Soft Top with Factory Soft Doors

VIN# FJ40192188, California Spec Emissions

1/75 Build Date


We all know FJ40s are rare, but real, late model, Factory Soft Tops that were sold in the US are really rare.  According to my research, the FJ40L, which they were designated by Toyota, were only sold until 1976 in the US. There is no mention of a soft top version of the FJ40 in any factory or dealer literature after 1976.  1974 was the first year of the 4 speed transmission and 1975 was the first year of the larger 4.2L 2F engine mated to the 4 speed.  I have only seen one other US model 75+ FST in my 20+ years of Land Cruiser fanaticism, and it was a Mustard Yellow 1976, and I personally have never seen another US 1975 FST.

This is an investment quality Cruiser, that does not need restoration.   

-Freeborn Red

-2F with 4 Speed

-1 California owner since 1977, California blue plates (which actually have stickers making them valid through March, 2015).   Vehicle was kept at the previous owners farm in the Sierra Nevadas of California.  (I can pass on the previous owners’ contact info to the next owner.)  

-Absolutely NO rust.  

-Approximately 25000 original miles 

-This Cruiser is still wearing the original tires that came on it from Japan, Dunlop Snow Cruiser H78-15. Understandably a little dry-rotted, but they hold air and have tread.  The spare is a New Old Stock matching Dunlop Snow Cruiser H78-15, in case one of the 39 year old tires go flat.

The engine is original and stock except for a Holley carb and headers.  (Original air cleaner assembly and emission control box is included.)  It fires right up and idles great.  No smoke, no knocks.  Just changed oil and filter, air and fuel filter.   

This truck does NOT leak any fluids from anywhere! No oil, trans fluid, brake fluid, gear oil, or even from the steering arm which is common.  

This truck was repainted within the last few years in the factory color, and was very well done.  Body parts were removed and disassembled. The paint job is excellent.  No drips, runs, tape lines or overspray. No flaking of paint along seams or anywhere.  It is a very high quality paint job.  

(This thing is quite a head-turner, I don't think I've ever driven a vehicle that garnered more looks than this one.  I'd be interested to see it parked next to a new Ferrari and see which one gets more interest.)  

Inside, the cargo floor and wheel wells were repainted as well and they look excellent.  

However, the floorboards and dash are all original paint, and look excellent.   

-Dash is 100% original and uncut except for 1 toggle switch for the winch (Warn 8274).  Original radio; it lights up and apparently works, but the one and only glove compartment speaker is currently not connected to it.  

-Brand new OEM style soft top (Trollhole’s Cruisers) on OEM reproduction soft top frame (Real Steel Cruisers).  Matching door skins on the factory soft doors.  It is a waterproof poly-vinyl material.

-Front seats and jump seats were recovered in factory pattern vinyl and look excellent.  

-Original suspension, brakes, springs, shocks, wheels and tires. 

-Odometer has very recently stopped rolling over, but approximate mileage (less than 26,000) is confirmed and can be attested to by signed affidavit from previous owner.   

-Exhaust system was replaced when headers were installed. 

-Rear quarters were trimmed slightly when the fender flares were installed by previous owner.

-The steering wheel has a few cracks in it.   

-Headlights, brake lights, turn signals  and horn all work.

This truck does have a few minor things that are easily sorted out and some of which I will do before it sells;  for instance, when the brake pedal is applied the parking lights light up also, probably just a ground issue.  The sides of the soft top need to have a few eyelets installed in order to fully fasten the sides of the top to the twist locks on the body.  The oil, temp and fuel gauge are currently not working, probably just a loose connection, I just haven't looked into it yet.  The brakes could use some adjustment.  

I would not recommend driving this Cruiser a long distance due to the age of the tires.  The purist in me would simply not let me replace them.

This truly is a unique and special Land Cruiser.  This is the first time this Cruiser has been on the market since 1977 and it is not listed anywhere else.  I am a licensed dealer specializing in Land Cruisers.  I buy, drive, refresh, restore, love and sell Cruisers.   I have sold 40s, 62s, 80s, 100s and 200s, a handful on ebay and have never had an unhappy customer.  See my website at MOTORADELLC dot COM.  Know that you are bidding on a 40 being sold by a very knowledgeable Land Cruiser fanatic that is more than willing to help with all aspects of your ownership of the vehicle, including future maintenance and/or modification.  I have shipped Cruisers all over the country and can help arrange that as well, at buyers expense.    

This is an opportunity to own a very rare US model FJ40 in excellent condition.  With the influx of Australian and South American FJ40s being imported to the US, the American models will always be the most valuable and desirable.  

Thanks and good luck.

Feel free to call or email with any questions.

Motorade LLC

(803) 270-4411

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