A Made-to-Order Import, Gets Ready to Be Remade
You don’t see an FJ43 like this everyday. Not only does this one have an extra-long hardtop, it was made-to-order and imported by the original owner. Since then, it’s been meticulously preserved and maintained — records indicate it was serviced only at authorized service centers, using Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. The bucket seats, heater and console have remained unchanged.
The Next Chapter
It was no surprise that this rare FJ43 was sold almost as soon as it arrived. Its new owner, a classic car aficionado, has requested a restoration to near-factory specifications, with the goal of transforming it into a weekend driver for his second home in North Carolina.
The exterior will remain largely original, with only a few minor modifications to personalize the vehicle. The color will remain Dune Beige (416) and we’ll create a reproduction of the original hardtop. Retro fog lights and mirrors will act as the driver’s second set of eyes, while 31” BFG A/T tires on Toyota steel wheels (no hubcaps!) along with an Old Man Emu suspension will provide a more comfortable ride. As with all of our builds, updated power steering and front disc brakes come standard.
Inside, we’re adding new upholstery to the front bucket seats and rear fold-down seats. For safety, were creating a reproduction roll bar, and finally, to keep things entertaining, we’ll add a RetroSound® iPhone®-ready radio.
About the FJ43
The FJ43 was the medium wheelbase Land Cruiser, produced from 1960 to 1984. Variants included a soft top, a hardtop and a 2-door station wagon (the FJ43V). This gasoline-powered rig was the perfect option for those who loved the look of the iconic FJ40, but wanted a little extra cargo space. Under the hood, you’ll find the familiar Toyota F or 2F engine.