1981 Land Cruiser Rebuilt From The Ground Up Looks Perfect

We’re not generally huge fans of painting cars (or trucks) in brown… especially cars from the Eighties. Too many memories of Malaise Era land yachts wobbling around corners. But this classic Toyota Land Cruiser has us rethinking that notion.

It’s a 1981 FJ43 that was imported to Colombia by a local energy company to transport its personnel along rough terrain.

The folks over at The FJ Company recently got their hands on it recently and brought it to what appears to be well beyond factory condition.

The company completed a full frame-off restoration that saw it rebuild the original engine along with the power steering system and front disc brakes. They installed a new carburetor, suspension, starter motor, pumps, aluminum radiator and five-speed manual transmission, and added a custom roll cage, fire suppression system, LED headlamps, winch… the works.

They painted it Olive 637 – right out of the original factory catalog – and upholstered the interior in brown leather, from the door panels and fold-down rear benches to the Corbeau Moab front buckets.

The result was dubbed the Copperstate Overland Edition, after the off-roading event that The FJ Company sponsors. Gooding & Company sold it for a mind-blowing $160,000 at its recent auction at Pebble Beach, which only goes to show that as impressive as the restoration work looks from the photographs, it must be that much more compelling up close and in person.

Photo Gallery

  • Six_Tymes

    very impressive.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Even in poop brown, ’tis a winner.

  • Ary Wisesa

    This Land Cruiser is so gloriously beautiful it would prevent me (if I were the owner) from driving it off road. LOL.. Just too beautiful and expensive to get dirty. 🙂 I love this LC.

  • surfshop

    Hello good-looking!

  • TheHake

    OMG! *DROOL!!!*

  • fabri99

    So there is some good in the world indeed.

  • jc914

    Me likey.

Sterckenn Gives The BMW M5 And M2 Some Subtle Visual Tweaks

A number of carbon fiber add-ons, such as a front splitter and rear diffuser, make the two M cars a little more aggressive.

Skoda Kamiq Subcompact SUV Could Be The Segment’s New Champion

Despite being Skoda’s first entry into a very hot niche, the Kamiq establishes itself as a top runner.

Lotus Evija Is Off To An Outstanding Start, Gets Double-Digit Orders

Lotus has almost sold out the entire allocation of the Evija in the United States before the hypercar even hits the assembly line.

New-Gen Mercedes-Benz Citan Confirmed, Wil Get An Electric Version

The next Citan will continue to be made in partnership with Renault-Nissan but will, once again, get some mods to identify it as a Merc.

Toyota Updates Concept-i, e-Palette Autonomous EVs For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota will supply 3,700 vehicles, 90 percent of which will be electrified, for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Honda’s Innovative Airbag Promises Increased Front Passenger Safety

Thanks to its design, the new airbag offers better protection in the event of an angled frontal collision.

Supercharged Huracan Performante Demonstrates What She’ll Do In A Straight Line

This lightly modified Huracan Performante crossed the half-mile line at 168 mph which, in our books, is pretty fast.

Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition Arrives In Australia Priced At AUD $53,490

While the 370Z is starting to show its age, Nissan has made it a bit more appealing with this special edition.

Production-Spec Toyota Tj Cruiser To Debut In Japan In October?

A report from Japan claims the new crossover will be unveiled on home soil at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

Hennessey’s Supercharged V8 VelociRaptor Shows There’s No Replacement For Displacement

Hennessey’s F-150 VelociRaptor uses a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 758 HP.