1979 HJ45 is Land Cruiser History in a Nutshell

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1979 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser.

This rare truck has everything that makes a Land Cruiser special. 

In the Holy Trinity of 4x4s, there’s the Jeep CJ, The Land Rover, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Of course, Jeeps own Moab, but they generally need to be modded to the hilt. The Land Rover will get you anywhere, but it’ll probably need to be rebuilt along the way. And in that sweet spot between the two lies the Land Cruiser. Built virtually unchanged from 1960 to 1984 (and until 2001 in Brazil), the J40-Series has it all. Timeless looks, Toyota reliability, and incredible ruggedness right out of the factory. Sure, because of that reliability, plenty are still on the road today. But we can’t help but stop and appreciate a beautifully restored model. And that’s just what we have here today.

Offered for sale in Pensacola, Florida, this 41,000-mile 1979 Land Cruiser is the HJ45 pickup version of the venerable 4×4. Offered for sale by the owner (and restorer) via Hemmings, he’s asking a cool $35,000 for it before he sends it off to auction. And looking at the rising values of these Toyotas (via Bring a Trailer), this one seems to be a lot of truck for the money.

1979 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser.

It also comes across as a cross-section of everything that’s great about the J40-Series Land Cruiser. On top of its Toyota 416 Dune Beige (one of the best colors for vintage LCs), this truck looks perfect with its contrasting white roof, long wheelbase, and pickup bed out back. In short, the HJ45 was a long-wheelbase version of the FJ40. That platform underpinned a three-door hardtop, four-door station wagon, and the pickup. That’s all on top of the more common short-wheelbase models. Talk about versatility.

James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

James has a bachelor's in History from State University of New York at Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of  classic cars with a special interest in German automobiles, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. James is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

James can be reached at [email protected].

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