As promised in the previous post; here's the first of those "closer looks" at one of the daily finds from a two-week run around Japan earlier this month.
Not as though it's a minter or anything, but a 30-year-old LandCruiser is far from the norm.. and hell, awesome's awesome.
This particular example actually scored a bucket-load of bonus points (redeemable nowhere) just for being the first 60series I'd seen in Japan that actually looked used. In a country where spotless classic 4WD's are a currently-very-trendy 'thing', even among its fellow '60s (so often sporting a backdated utilitarian look) it manages to be different.
Well what you're looking at is a late, top-tier, HJ61 Toyota Landcruiser VX. Possibly an '88 or '89 build (yeah, 'late', as-in the 1989/90 '80series was nipping at its heels) and powered by Toyota's four-litre 12H-T turbo-diesel straight six.
And how 'top' is this 'tier'?
In VX trim (VX > GX > STD) the HJ61 (diesel) and FJ62 (petrol) LandCruisers were right up there price-wise with Toyota's 7MGTE-powered Soarer and Supra!
Want one of these for your very own? Well curious about just how much something similar would currently set you back in Japan, I went browsing...
If it's genuinely as rust-free as it looks, I could absolutely go for that.
..not mint enough though? Well going a little further...
Now to wind this post up with some period promotional shots, just to make your wallet really sweat..
I really should do a post on that one day....
..but for now?
Nope, we're done. Enjoy.