The small-town hero, transformed.
This FJ43 was sold at the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, which was held at Carmel’s Quail Lodge & Golf Club in August of 2015.
For many years, this FJ43 belonged to a priest who lived in a small town in the Colombian Plains. Its arrival at the town caused much admiration, and curiosity, as it was the first Toyota of its kind in the region.
The inhabitants of a neighboring town even dubbed this FJ43 “The Amphibian” because it carried the priest across rivers during the rainy season. Whenever anyone important visited the region, they would be transported in this very same car.
During the fifteen-hour-long trips between the capital city of Bogotá and his hometown, mostly over dirt roads, the priest often stopped his grey FJ to pull out buses, pick ups and even small trucks stuck in the mud.
Eventually, he sold his FJ to a family who lovingly cared for it for many years, which is part of the reason why we are so excited about this project. It’s truly a restorer’s dream.
Although the priest installed a custom-built metal hardtop, we returned the car to its original soft-top configuration, in accordance with the information found in the dealer’s files.
Its many special features include a completely original F engine, 3-speed transmission and original factory brown interior.
This very rare 1971 model received our full nut and bolt restoration and made its debut in August 2015. If you're interested in a similar Land Cruiser, check out our California model and build yours online.