Rebel in Red
Amidst the Ferraris and Lambos that bask in the glow of the South Florida sun, a rebel gets ready to share the spotlight. Cloaked in the same coat of armor it's worn for decades, and about to be equipped with renewed vitality, it is destined to become one Miami collector's latest vice.
If you were expecting a bunch of plastic on the exterior, you won't find that here. What you will find is the same steel frame that was forged on a Toyota assembly line over 35 years ago, which will be perfected and repainted in Freeborn Red. Its hardtop status will be converted to soft top awesomeness, without losing any of its edge. Its classic looks will stay true to its roots, while matte silver accents, Mickey Thompson wheels, and trail-ready accessories will hint at the capability that lies within.
The interior cabin of this FJ40 will be made to defy the Miami tropics. Here, marine-grade upholstery will add a layer of protection against wet weather, while the Vintage Air A/C keeps the cabin cool. Retro-style gauges and pull-knobs will keep things rustic, while the 6-speaker sound system will play the radio or your favorite playlists — simply connect your iPhone® or another compatible device.
Under all that metal is where it will all go down — where a Toyota 1FZ engine will lie in wait. Turn the ignition on, and it will roar to life, ready to wreak havoc on the pavement or trail. Smooth shifting and highway coasting will come courtesy of a revitalized 5-speed transmission, while the new suspension and rebuilt power steering will keep this powerful 4x4 under the driver's firm control.
We can't wait to see this one running around in our own backyard.
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