1988 Toyota Landcruiser FJ62 with 65K original miles
West Coast Classics are proud to present what we believe to be the absolutely finest available example anywhere of this all original (apart from one repaint in original 'Royal Blue' factory color & obviously any mechanical work, tires etc) and stock 1988 Toyota Landcruiser 6 Cylinder 4WD with no history of any rust or any body work or of having ever been off-road and boasting only 65K original miles!
The Toyota Landcruiser is the longest running series for Toyota and certainly one of the finest true off road 4WD full size sport utility vehicles ever built and a legendary performer in the harshest of settings as proved through extensive testing by Toyota in the Australian outback, notorious for extreme temperatures and terrain and where it became hugely popular and Australia's best selling full size body on frame four wheel drive vehicle ever! Production started in 1954 and by 1973 over 300K Landcruisers had been sold worldwide; a true testament of their legendary capabilities! It was originally produced as a convertible, a Hardtop, a Station Wagon and there was a Utility Truck version.
According to Classic.com the top 5 Landcruiser models of 2020;
As with previous years, the FJ40 continues to be the top variant sold, but both the FJ62 and FJ60 saw over 100% increase in total dollar sales year-over-year with the FJ62 almost tripling in market size, and coming close to doubling its average sale.
First; some background as to why so much time and effort went into the car offered for sale, and why somebody would take an amazingly low mileage vehicle and treat it to this comprehensive refresh. The previous owner had an FJ40 that his son had always liked and he wanted a similar vehicle. The later model Land Cruiser FJ60 and FJ62's are more popular among the younger generation and are an up and coming collectible. In fact, the FJ62's are experiencing a considerable rise in interest and value. The previous owner had promised his son any vehicle he wanted upon graduation from medical school and he selected an FJ62. It is a good choice as the FJ40's are somewhat softening in value and are certainly not as refined as the 62's which are much more practical and usable and surely destined to be one of the most desired 4WD SUV collectibles in the years to come.
The previous owner started searching for a good candidate and found this one in Oklahoma. He drove it back to Phoenix,AZ and over the course of those two days driving it reportedly fell in love with it. He wanted his son to have the best one possible; a completely trouble free car for years to come so he could enjoy it and not be distracted once he started his medical practice. We are providing this background because many will think it crazy to have taken the extraordinary efforts and resources required to ensure this vehicle was a trouble free source of joy for years to come. And obviously this particular owner was as obsessive and compulsive as could possibly be when it comes to making things the best they can be. He had previously had a car on the lawn at Pebble Beach and crossing the stage there was memorable for him but doing this car for his son he said was far more rewarding.
This vehicle had 61,000 actual miles when he acquired it and from this point he began to improve it so it may never experience a system failure of any type, while enhancing its value. He loved the experience and took great pride in accomplishing his goal. His son eventually finished his residency and wanted to purchase a house and his father told him he could sell the FJ62 and use the proceeds for the down payment. He made this decision to sell the Landcruiser in order to purchase a house and we ended up as it's buyers. Here is what had been done;
After the mechanical refurbishment, all done in the last couple of years, the vehicle was dissembled in preparation for a sand and buff of the paint. It was repainted in its original color of "Royal Blue". The door jambs and motor compartment were intentionally left retaining the original paint as it was pristine and showed the vehicles highly preserved original condition. There are no tape lines and the new paint cannot be told from the door jambs and motor compartment. The wheels and rubber were original to the car and this further attested to the cars original mile condition. The vehicle now boasts new tires. New bumpers, bumper ends, front grill, wiper arms, head light surrounds, etc. were installed after the base coat/clear coat was color sanded and treated to a wool pad and foam pad buff out. This worked out well as the paint had cured it now shows as it will for the foreseeable future. All glass including the windshield are original to the car, and in the condition of a 2 year old car. The glass was not taken out but the rubber seals were pulled back and this insured the quality repaint as well as the integrity of the original installment of glass, rubber and trim. All the trim including all rubber was/is very nice. If the rubber trim could have been improved it could have easily been done, all the rubber is soft, pliable, cosmetically great and no wind noises are present. The entire interior, the seats, carpet, headliner, door panels and all trim are original and as a 2 year old car might look. And lets be honest they should be on a low mileage car. The gauges, levers, knobs, needles, etc. are all in as new condition. They are amazing. All window switches were cleaned, contact points inspected and the window motors inspected, greased, etc. the interior lights are bright. The gauge faces are perfect with no hazing or surface scratches of any kind. When panels were removed for inspection the true value of this car was appreciated. Look at the photo of the tool and jack panel removal. This is what you hope to find. All features functions as they did when new. The turn signals self-cancel as they would have done new and everything engages as it did when new. The shifter engages accurately. The dash is perfect, the vents are tight/firm and require effort to move. Nothing is loose. The shifters are like they where when the car was driven home new upon delivery. All new rubber was installed on the floor shifter as he did not ever want to take anything apart going forward. Again, when things are out why not. The power radio antennae is a Toyota part and installed by Toyota. No PEP Boys $29 off the shelf part here. These are known to quit working - not this one. That part cost $226.00. Smog equipment is in place. The starter is new and the alternator is rebuilt. Why not, as these are relatively inexpensive and now they should not fail going forward. The water pump was replaced and the timing chain cover. The valves inspected the injectors removed and cleaned, all done at the dealership. The power steering pump is the original and the Toyota tech said this is unusual but consistent with the mileage and he said to leave it. This might be the only thing he left alone but it was flushed and added new fluid at a cost of $129.00.
Here are other examples of the no spared expense in this FJ62. After checking the compression and finding it was 155-160 across all cylinders, the previous owner had the TOYOTA dealership go through the complete mechanics. Yes, all that work was done using TOYOTA factory parts and Toyota technicians; with all receipts. These totaled some $17,368.28; with a 20% Land Cruiser club discount.
All seals and gaskets were replaced, hoses and clamps in the motor compartment were replaced. We believe over $600 in clamps alone are on the Toyota invoices. A new Toyota radiator, complete brakes, master, discs, rotors, both front hubs and 4 new shocks, he had Toyota replace all the body mounts as one was not as crisp as the others and the other things were being done so timing was not an issue. He had a year before it was to be presented to his son so time was no concern. In all he reportedly had around $75,000 invested in acquisition cost and verifiable receipts, not his labor. He said he would do it again for his son.
Everyone that has seen the vehicle concurs with the mileage and it is of course supported by Carfax with a free copy of the report available on our Carfax account on our website. You could argue that does not so much matter with all that has been done, but we think it does. One should always start with the best car available and buy the best one can afford. He wanted to start with an already very rare find indeed; a very low mileage unmolested all original example, and he did. Most have 100,000 or more miles and are not all stock and original. The vehicle was undercoated and is rust free.
He had the transmission removed for the rear main seal replacement - as they either currently leak or will leak so that and all gaskets and seals were replaced as mentioned earlier.. Again, all done at the dealership. The differentials were also inspected and resealed. He also sent the transmission out to have it gone through - why not, it was out and this was to be a trouble free car lasting forever. The transmission shop guessed it had 20,000 miles maybe on it as it was that pristine internally. The Toyota dealership does not rebuild these transmissions but suggested the shop to inspect and refresh. It will never need to be removed again and this entire vehicle will most likely last longer than any future owner :) All suspension, gaskets, seals, brakes, 2 and 4 wheel drive components are new. All belts and hoses and front end and suspension parts are new from Toyota. The transmission is new again.There is not a single leak or drip and not likely to be any for quite some time. Seals and gaskets are superior today to what was available back in the day.
The time, expense and trouble taken to even find such a low mileage and all stock and unmolested candidate somewhere, let alone then go and invest further time, money and energy to create the ultimate, without compromise, & virtually still 100% all stock and original example of a showroom fresh FJ62, like this particular example, is unheard of. Of course there will always be restored and customized examples available to choose from, but very few, if any, pure and correct and all original apart from one partial repaint of a 1988 showroom fresh FJ62, such as this particular one!
Some of the work completed at the dealerships includes the following:
Tie rod ends
4 wheel alignment
All brake components replaced, rotors, calipers, master cylinder, etc.
All hardware in motor compartment replaced with Toyota parts, clamps, hoses, gaskets,
Fuel injectors removed and cleaned and new gaskets
New fuel filters
Transfer cases removed and resealed
Replaced all body mounts
All hoses and belts replaced
New front axle bearings and seals
New front Aisin seals
New drive belts
Timing cover gasket
Power steering flush
Oil pan gaskets
Valve cover gaskets
Cylinder head gasket
Side cover gasket
All fluids replaced
New water pump
New heater control valve
New power antennae
This list covers most of the main items
You will look long and hard to find a finer example anywhere of this increasingly desirable and legendary FJ62 series Toyota Landcruiser with this particular model in extremely rare still mostly all stock and original condition and with no history or signs of any accidents or rust and only owned by obviously very careful and mature owner's who probably never took the truck off-road and with any possible mechanical issue having recently been taken care of at the Toyota dealerships and with only 65K original miles available anywhere else!