My grandfather Nelson had two cars throughout his life. The first was a 1968 Sky Blue FJ40, which he kept until he bought his second car: a 1982 Medium Blue FJ40. Truthfully, it was my grandmother who did most of the driving, navigating across towns and farms on their weekly road trips.
Since my mom was an only child, my brother Juan, my sister Ana and myself, Nelson (I inherited my grandfather's name), often found ourselves in the backseat of our grandparent's FJ40. In fact, I can safely say that, for the first ten years of my life, I spent six hours every weekend in the back of an FJ40. That adds up to over 30,000 FJ40 hours!
After school, I often went to my grandparent's house, where there was always an errand to run related to the care of their Land Cruiser. We would take it to the shop, perform minor repairs, anything required to maintain the family car in top shape for our weekend trips.
When my grandfather passed, I worked together with my cousin Jaime and my brother Juan to restore his beloved 1982 FJ40 to its former glory.
My brother Juan liked the end result so much that he bought our shares of the car and shipped it to his hometown in Miami, FL. Meanwhile, Jaime and I had so much fun with the restoration process that we set out to build more like it, effectively launching The FJ Company.
Although we created the company nearly five years ago, I feel it was truly born during those great weekend trips in the back of my grandfather's FJ40. Now, we are having a great trip aboard The FJ Company. For Jaime, Juan and myself, there is no better way to honor our grandfather's legacy than by building some of the world's best-restored Toyota FJ Land Cruisers.
Come visit us in Miami. We'll be happy to take you for a spin.
Nelson is a life-long automobile racer and enthusiast – for nearly fifteen years, he ran professional karting and open wheel races in South and North America. Although he gave up competitive speed racing, he stays close to the track, participating in endurance and exhibition races.
As a seasoned classic car restorer and collector, he is the leader behind the Classic Motors, LLC, parent of The FJ Company. He is also personally in charge of the final, 100-mile inspection each car receives before it leaves our shop and is delivered to its new owner.
Juan is a serial entrepreneur in the Internet industry. He is the mastermind behind our web platform and is responsible for sales and marketing for The FJ Company. Juan is also an enthusiastic client: he drives his kids to school in an FJ40 and will go off-roading in Colorado in a bespoke FJ43 monster that we will be finishing soon!
Jaime runs our shop like a tight ship. He has a keen eye for acquiring the best talent in all the different areas required to perform top-level restorations, such as parts sourcing, chassis fabrication and even upholstery. Fortunately for us, his passion for excellence seems to be contagious: our team is not satisfied until every single detail of each car is perfect. When he's not in the shop, you will find Jaime driving to the top of the highest mountain he can find.
Keith wears multiple hats at the Classic Motors. He is the ultimate vintage 4x4 fanatic so you'll often run into him at events (or on the phone) discussing The FJ Company builds. But if he's not selling or acquiring Land Cruisers, you'll find him on the track racing vintage Porsches. In his spare time, he's an active member of the Driving Education Instructor program for the Porsche Club of America.
Cody is responsible for servicing our customers with warranty service, upgrades, and regular maintenance of vehicles. From his Dad’s beat up old Land Cruiser to his very own FJ60 he got in high school in Texas – Land Cruisers are in Cody’s blood. When he’s not wrenching or fabricating on old Land Cruisers he is either kayak fishing, bow hunting, or spending his time outdoors.
Linda manages all aspects of our marketing execution – including our advertising and events planning. If you see The FJ Company logo on something, you can bet she she has reviewed it in detail!
Andres is responsible for the production process for each of our builds and ensures that each one meets our quality and reliability standards. With a formal background in Mechanical Engineering, Andres spends his days doing what he loves: building cars. On the weekends, you’re likely to run into him on a race track.
Juan is our in-house Creative Director. He is the master storyteller who is responsible showcasing our Land Cruiser restorations for all to see via incredible photography and videography on our website, social media, and more!