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TRANSPORT THE TROOPS: 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser Selling with No Reserve in Palm Beach

Written by Nicole Ellan James


After Japan surrendered in 1945, marking the end of World War II, U.S. forces continued to occupy the country for some time to create political stability and encourage economic growth. When a new conflict began on the Korean Peninsula, the American military looked for vehicles that could be produced in Japan. Toyota, which was building trucks long before the war, had parts and tooling available that could be adapted to any new military vehicle. It was from these efforts that the Toyota Land Cruiser was born, though it didn’t officially take the name Land Cruiser until much later. The earliest models are regarded as the AK and later BJ.

Manufactured between 1960 and 1984, the J40-series Toyota Land Cruiser boasts a robust body-on-frame structure renowned for its exceptional durability and off-road capabilities. With its spacious cabin and rear seating configuration, the elongated wheelbase FJ45 model gained the moniker “Troopy,” serving as a trusted military troop transport across the globe.

At first glance, the final-year “Troopy” selling with No Reserve during the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, features a timeless charm with its boxy silhouette and classic design. Finished in matte Silver, it has been treated to a comprehensive restoration to show-quality standards by Land Cruiser specialists House of Cruisers. Its unmistakable styling instantly evokes a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era of adventure and exploration. The FJ45’s utilitarian nature is evident in every detail, from its durable steel body panels to its functional interior layout.

Under the hood, the Land Cruiser is powered by a 1FZ-FE engine, known for its bulletproof reliability and ample torque. This rugged powerplant breathes through a complete custom stainless-steel exhaust system and has been equipped with a three-coil pack that adds about 15 to 20 extra horsepower, which helps provide the SUV with the grunt needed to conquer the most challenging terrain, whether it’s navigating rocky trails or powering through deep mud. The engine is backed by a Land Cruiser 70 Series H151F 5-speed manual transmission.

The FJ45’s off-road prowess is further enhanced by its robust chassis and drivetrain components. Featuring a 71 Series Land Cruiser front axle with 2-link with adjustable track-bar front suspension with Ironman coil springs and Foam Cell Pro shocks and a 70 Series Land Cruiser rear axle with adjustable 4-link suspension and adjustable track-bar, Ironman coil springs and Foam Cell Pro shocks, the Land Cruiser offers exceptional articulation and wheel travel, allowing it to maintain traction on uneven terrain.

Additional highlights include a WARN 8274 Anniversary Edition winch, mounted on a custom front bumper with black synthetic rope to help get the SUV and others out of any risky situations. Additionally, it has been equipped with a Factor 55 HitchLink 2.0 receiver with locking hitch pin and ARB Shackle. PIAA high-intensity LED fog lights help illuminate the trail in front while front disc brakes provide stopping ample power. To complete the setup, this FJ45 rides on custom color-matched artillery rims wrapped in 37-inch Maxxis Trepador tires.

Despite its rugged exterior and utilitarian interior, this Land Cruiser doesn’t skimp on comfort and convenience. Inside, the FJ45 offers an interior designed for functionality and durability. It features Relicate leather upholstery with gray squares and its spacious cabin can accommodate up to eight passengers, making it ideal for any adventure. The interior also features a new Vintage Air system, along with a custom center console with USB ports, a new Bluetooth Kenwood stereo with CarPlay and a custom sound system featuring two speakers, bass and an amp. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country expedition or navigating the urban jungle, this Land Cruiser provides a comfortable and capable ride for the driver and passengers alike.

The 1984 FJ45 represents Toyota’s off-road legacy, combining rugged reliability, off-road prowess and timeless design in a single package. Whether you’re traversing rugged terrain or simply cruising the open road, the Land Cruiser delivers a blend of capability, durability and nostalgia that continues to captivate enthusiasts around the world. Register to bid today.

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Title: TRANSPORT THE TROOPS: 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser Selling with No Reserve in Palm Beach
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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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