Toyota Re-Pops The Series 70 Land Cruiser!

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

It’s been a while since TTAC crackled and buzzed with the latest Toyota news all the time — but this morning, we’re changing that!

Toyota is producing the 1990s-era Series 70 Land Cruiser in two body styles as a year-long, Japanese-market love letter to its most ardent fans. The pricing is bargain basement — about thirty-four grand for either style — and the drivetrain pairs a 228-horse four-liter V6 with a five-speed manual transmission and part-time 4WD. Locking diffs are optional, as is a winch.

What a lovely, desirable, heirloom-quality vehicle. Can’t get it here, though — “here” being “anywhere but Japan”, to misquote Mona Simpson. And the original Series 70 Cruisers can still be found in the United States, although condition may vary (you can buy them as commercial vehicles in Australia as well). This rebuilding thing is brilliant, though. Now if only they’d do the final Cressida, the first LS400, the ’94 Supra Twin Turbo, the 2000GT…

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  • Pch101 Pch101 on Aug 28, 2014

    Just in time for the war with ISIS. Replace that new age video soundtrack with some Arabic pop music or death metal, and you're good to go. I've been noticing in various pictures online that the ISIS guys were driving Toyotas, but the Kurds were driving Nissans. This doesn't bode well for our side, now does it?

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    • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Aug 31, 2014

      @Pch101 They could be using US pickups..........but who will import them??? The chicken tax strikes again! Hard to export a product so protected. Hey, but fair is fair according to you.

  • Greasemonkey235097 Greasemonkey235097 on Aug 29, 2014

    The 70 Series Land Cruiser has never seized production, in colombia has been sold since 1984, today still offered as a short wheel base 2 door, long wheel base 4 door wagon, long wheel base 2 door trooper carrier, and a 2 door cab and chassis.

  • Dusterdude It is wrong at all levels that a president should be on a picket line- period.
  • Tassos Before you rush to buy this heap of rusty metal, maybe you should wait a day or two.I hear Tim will have an Model T next time.
  • Redapple2 I d just buy one already sorted. Too many high level skills (wiring, paint, body panel fitment et. al.) that i dont have. And I dont fancy working 100 s of hours for $3 /hour.
  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.