Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Another 60-series: A perfect FJ62.
1988 was the second last year of a 9year production run, and the first year of the (injected, 3FE) FJ62 model.
This definitely feels contrary to popular opinion on these, where it seems common practice to back-date and strip-down every 60-series to replicate the utilitarian look of an early base-model version. I'll admit it does look great, but I think these late VX models are too cool just as they are..
Being a top-spec model, its no surprise to see the Auto Transmission, three rows, power windows & sunroof.
De-stroked from the 4.2litres of its predecessor (the 2F, not surprisingly), the now-square 4litre produced 116kw and 303nm of toque - both up on the previous 4.2litre unit, albeit dubiously (shorter stroke with the increased torque developed higher, raising power numbers..)..
Power is sent through a 4spd Auto, and to the ground via leaf-sprung solid-axles front (with manual locking hubs) and rear.
The ultimate in luxo, 2-tonne, vintage off-road wagons.