A 1963 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 turbocharged by Icon

This 1963 Toyota Land Cruiser was completely rebuilt by Icon of California, the world’s foremost FJ40 specialists who worked closely with Toyota on a number of projects including the production FJ Cruiser vehicle.

Most of Icon’s FJ40 builds are powered by the General Motors LS V8, but the vehicle you see here was fitted with a turbocharged International HS 2.8-liter inline-four diesel engine, which offers excellent torque at nearly 300 lb-ft with better mileage than the gas-powered LS V8.

Quick Facts – The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 by Icon

  • In recent years, a remarkable number of companies have been founded in the footsteps of Icon – a company founded in the mid-1990s by husband and wife team Jonathan and Jamie Ward.
  • In the years since, Icon has become the world leader in Toyota Land Cruiser and Ford Bronco rebuilds with a focus on maintaining the original vintage spirit of the vehicles while improving them to make them much easier to maintain. use regularly in the 21st century.
  • Land Cruisers that have been rebuilt by Icon are now collectibles in their own right, regularly selling for over $100,000 on the open market and occupying a similar sector in the market to the Outlaw Porsche 356 and Eagle E-Type Jaguars. .
  • The FJ40 Land Cruiser you see here is a prime example of Icon’s rebuilds. Attention to detail is excellent, and power is now provided by a 2.8-liter International HS turbodiesel inline-four producing around 135 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.

The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

The Land Cruiser has come a long way since its introduction in 1951 as the Toyota “Jeep” BJ series.

Toyota had first been commissioned to develop a Jeep-like 4×4 during World War II when Imperial Japanese Army soldiers discovered an American Willys Jeep in the Philippines, the usefulness of such a vehicle was clear, it was therefore sent back to Japan to be reverse-engineered.

Description of the imageEvery Icon FJ40 is completely rebuilt and extensively modified to make them high performance everyday riders, with modern drivetrains for added reliability and power.

A few years later, in 1950, the Japanese were now on the same side as the Americans fighting the Korean War. The United States government ordered 100 Jeep-like 4x4s from Toyota, starting the series that would be renamed “Land Cruiser” in 1954 due to Jeep becoming (understandably) a little petulant about using the brand.

In the decades that followed, over 10 million Land Cruisers were built, they gained a reputation for toughness and reliability, and modern versions have eliminated the rusting problems that tended to plague the steel bodies of previous models.

Vintage 4x4s become classics

Today, the early FJ40 models and their BJ40 series siblings are in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts, as vintage four-wheel drive continues to become a major sector in the classic car world.

By modern standards, many of these early four-wheel drives might seem a bit agricultural, which is where Icon comes in, offering a fully modern drivetrain, upgraded suspension and brakes, a completely rebuilt chassis and body. and an interior almost luxurious by the standards of the original vehicles.

The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 turbodiesel by Icon

The 1963 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 you see here has received the full Icon rebuild, it is now perfectly suited for use as a daily driver or as a weekend adventure wagon.

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Description of the imageThe interior retains the spirit of the original but includes features like a hidden Alpine stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio and amplifier, much-upgraded seats, and smaller luxuries like cupholders.

The body was powder coated in Rocky Mountain Grey, the cabin was upholstered in black leather with gray textured Chilewich textile seat centers and matching carpet. A modern Alpine stereo was installed, along with a SiriusXM satellite radio receiver and integrated amplifier.

For weather protection, the vehicle has been fitted with an insulated tri-fold double folding soft top, and it is fitted with Hella halogen headlights, front and rear auxiliary lights, and a Warn winch integrated into the bumper. front shocks.

The powertrain consists of a 2.8-liter International HS turbodiesel inline-four engine producing approximately 135 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Power is returned through a five-speed manual gearbox and transfer case to the powered front and rear axles with locking differentials.

This Land Cruiser now rides on coil spring suspension instead of the original leaf springs, it also has four wheel disc brakes, powder coated alloy wheels and an onboard air compressor .

This Icon FJ40 is currently being auctioned live online by Collecting Cars, if you would like to find out more or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

If you want to know more about Icon, you can click here to visit the website and see their current range of models.

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