Red and White Toyota Land Cruiser Needs Some Brown on It

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FJ43 Land Cruiser looks nice and fresh. Too nice and fresh. We’d love to get some dirt on it.

Jeeps aren’t the only vehicles that look better with some earth on them. We feel that way about a variety of vehicles. Power Wagon? Give it a mud bath makeover. Ford F-150 Raptor? Powder it all over with fine desert sand. This 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser has been extensively restored and rejuvenated, but we can’t help feeling that its handsome and rugged looks could only improve if we were to take it off-road.

Nevertheless, it’s easy on the eyes. According to Bring a Trailer, “This 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43 was imported to Buenaventura, Colombia when new, where it reportedly had two owners in the same family. It was acquired by the seller about two years ago, imported to the US in 2018.”

This rig has been refreshed pretty much from the ground up. The grey steel wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 rubber. The chassis and other underpinnings have been sandblasted, coated in corrosion-resistant primer, painted, and sealed. There are new bumpers at both ends. Under the hood is a rebuilt 4.2-liter I6. That’s connected to a rebuilt four-speed manual gearbox and transfer case. The shiny red and white you see on the outside was applied during a body-off repaint.

The inside has received just as much TLC as the exterior. The current owner yanked out the old interior and put in fresh upholstery, rubber floor mats, seatbelts, and door cards, as well as an Alpine radio and aftermarket speakers.

The end result of all of that work is just…so…pretty. We mean that in the best way. Red and white is such an attractive combination, especially with the grey wheels. However, it would be a shame not to lock the front hubs, use this off-road legend for its intended purpose, and give it a coat of dirt…or three.

Photos via Bring a Trailer

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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