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1980 Toyota Land Cruiser

FJ43
Driving into Summer Online Auction May 2020 - RM Auctions
Thursday, 21 May - Friday, 29 May 2020
$28,600
Sale Price
238
Lot Number
#2-
Truck Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. FJ4368806. Sky Blue over gray leatherette. 4230-cc, 125-hp L-6, automatic. Aluminum radiator, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, rear barn doors, modern Pioneer stereo, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes.

Evaluation: Truck restoration | Foreign-market FJ43 showing 80,620 kilometers (50,095 miles). Refurbished and imported by specialists in 2018, and it got a $3000 service in January. Some orange peel noted in the paint, as well as rust around some of the bolts and screws on the body. Like-new soft top and upholstery, but lightly faded gauges. Tidy but not spotless engine bay and underbody. Far from the overrestored jewelry that some classic FJs became in recent years, but that just makes it more usable, and there’s nothing serious to criticize. It’s also a longer FJ43, which gives it some notoriety among the FJ40s. Located
in Massachusetts.

Bottom Line: Notoriety didn’t translate into extra bids. It had a single bid of $18,000 on May 26 and was only up to $22,000 on May 29. The dealer selling this Land Cruiser also had it listed on their site asking $44,800, but the result, while modest and a bit of a bargain, is closer to reality for a driver-
quality foreign-market example.

by Hagerty Editor
1 May 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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