1973 vs. 1982 Toyota FJ43: Which Do You Take Home?

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These two FJ43 builds are as desirable as ice cream on a hot summer day. 

Restored vehicles are all about the details. Whether enrolling for a national Concours or simply enjoying it during the weekend, there’s always a few key things that must be done right. No exceptions.

These two magical FJ43 builds by the FJ Company have had everything done right. The attention to detail is mind-blowing, and the two were designed with the utmost taste in vintage Land Cruiser panache. The 1973 model has been restored with a fairly conservative approach, while the 1982 model is quite the opposite.

See the differences below!

1973 Toyota FJ43 Land Cruiser


This stunning Capri Blue example is what most of us would desire in a vintage Landie; a soft top, meaty tires, a charming paint job, a minimalist interior, and the relative comfort of a modern rig. Designed to be a reliable daily driver, this lovely little guy can turn anybody’s frown upside down.

  • Capri Blue (T310)
  • LED lighting
  • BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires
  • Toyota 1FZ (electronically-injected)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Power steering
  • Old Man Emu suspension
  • Front disc brakes
  • Exposed metal dashboard, retro knobs, and digital cluster
  • Air conditioning
  • Vintage-style radio

1982 Toyota FJ43 Land Cruiser


Unlike its blue sibling, this FJ43 was designed to tackle Colorado trails with the utmost confidence. Of course, making it extra rugged didn’t stop the FJ Company from making it fashionable, sans the Recaro seats, matte white paint job, Rhino-lined interior and premium sound system.

  • Power steering
  • Front disc brakes
  • Heating and A/C
  • 4.5L inline-six Toyota 1FZ (210-horsepower)
  • Haltech Electronic Fuel Injection
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Toyota OEM wheels in gunmetal gray
  • Warn 8274 winch
  • PIAA 7″ LED fog lights
  • Custom roll cage
  • Recaro SPEED seats
  • Marine-grade upholster
  • Rhino Linings bedliner
  • LED interior and exterior lighting
  • Premium sound system with Bluetooth

So, which one would you pick?

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