Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/10/24 2:08 p.m.

1993 Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo

What would be the model designation, and where might this left hand drive example have been imported from?






Turbine GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/10/24 2:12 p.m.

Looks like a 70 series. Not sure where it could've been imported from though. Cool truck!

Slippery GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/10/24 2:19 p.m.

J70. Colombia or south America?

That bedliner paint though, why?

buzzboy UltraDork
6/10/24 3:14 p.m.

70 or a Prado

Could be South America, could be Middle East

dyintorace GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/10/24 3:18 p.m.

That is neat looking. Any idea if the top is removable?

RaabTheSaab Reader
6/10/24 3:34 p.m.

Looks a lot like what I saw the military using when I spent some time in Central America in the early '00s

Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
6/10/24 4:04 p.m.

Here's one said to be sold in Spain (earlier grille and trim)-


Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
6/10/24 4:09 p.m.
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/10/24 7:27 p.m.

Regarding the model designation: it depends on the exact spec. Globally these came in light duty and heavy duty versions, plus swb, short mwb, long mwb, and lwb versions, gasoline versions, diesel versions, turbodiesel versions, military versions, civilian versions, softtop versions, hardtop versions, 12V electrical, 24V electrical, etc. Four cylinders, five cylinders, six cylinders....I believe they were sold in Italy and Spain with locally-sourced (non-Toyota) engines. In any case, there are about a zillion different versions of these.

The one you posted is a short mid-wheelbase, aka J73 /J74. The green hardtop Venezuelan one is short wheelbase, aka J70/J71...you can see the difference by looking at the length of the panel between the back of the door and the front of the rear wheel opening.

With a removable FRP top, turbo, and manual transmission, I am going to guess that is a light-duty European market truck. For a while they were powered by 2L-T 2.4-liter four cylinder turbodiesel, which would make it a LJ73 if so equipped. The bigger turbo engine was a 3.0-liter 3B-T, which would be a BJ73. Later on sometime in the 90's they came with the 1KZ-T 3.0-liter four cylinder turbodiesel, which would make it a KZJ73. I don't know enough to know when the changeover happened. It does have the facelifted front end, but I am not sure if that was lockstep with the engine changes.

The four cylinder turbos are usually 'light-duty' meaning that the axles and springs are about like what you would find on a Tacoma with 8" diffs. The six-cylinder manual transmission turbodiesels have beefier axles/suspension (9.5" diffs) and are most commonly long-wheelbase pickup trucks or troop carriers. Manual-transmission turbo heavy duty trucks are worth a pretty penny. I think they might have offered the heavy-duty six-cylinder turbodiesel underpinnings in a shorter wheelbase, but I think it was Japan-only, so it wouldn't be LHD. Many of the European trucks are light duty. The Mideastern models seem to more often be heavy-duty, but they frequently also seem to be gasoline. I don't know much about the South American market trucks. 

In any case, very cool, simple, utilitarian vehicles. Generally underpowered, over-axled, capable off-road, and reliable. They weren't designed with the American market in mind, so things like safety, creature comforts, and highway cruising speeds aren't high on the priority list, but they make fun offroaders, local-use trucks, or as a base for an overlander/offroad camper. I would like to find a nice LHD LJ myself.

Rons GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/10/24 8:25 p.m.

There was a mid 80s version sold in low numbers in Canada I was interested but short on money.

For some giggles check this web site http://ensindustrial.ca

Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter)
Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/11/24 8:58 a.m.

Looks like it sold.  I usually see those in the PNW for $7000-$8000 occasionally.  $15k seemed steep to me (but then again, I have been out of the market for a bit). 

I do like them, but whenever I find myself in the market, I always get drawn to the first gen 4-Runners.  Parts are more common, cheaper when you find them, and more interior room, removable top, etc.

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