Every Friday on FashionMR’s Facebook page (like us if you already haven’t), we showcase notable vintage cars. In the past we’ve shared images of a Ferrari 250GT, Porsche 907 racecar and even a resto-mod BMW motorcycle. So instead of isolating these posts to Facebook, we’ve decided to show some vintage car love on our site as well.
For the inaugural post of “Fast Friday”, we bring you the timeless and rugged of all 4x4s, the Toyota FJ40. While this isn’t a classic concrete screamer, it’s an icon worth knowing for its longterm history and impact on the 4×4/jeep market. In its own right it deserves a place at the top next to the Ford Bronco, the Willys Jeep and the Land Rover Gen 1.
So why does it deserve the designation of “icon”? Well for one, this jeep has remained in production for 24 years; 1960 to 1984 to be exact. Initially called the J40, it was given the nickname “FJ40” for the use of F-series engines. And during its 24 year production it came in different variants. Commonly manufactured in a two door configuration, it was also made into a pickup as well as a 4 door SUV.
In the span of 20+, the brand and the model built a reputation for being a tough, off-road ready, “dune-scaler”. The longevity of the model played a key factor into building its reputation as a quintessential off-roader. Over the years, the engine as well as the general reliability of the FJ was gradually refined and improved. By the end of its manufacturing period, it claimed a chunk of the SUV market share and built up a diehard fanbase.
If you’ve owned one before and looking to relive some of your past memories, you’re out of luck. A nicely restored FJ40 is sure to break the bank. However if you plan on slowly restoring a barnfind, you’re in luck. Because of the large fanbase the J40 has built, there are many support groups as well as parts suppliers. But if you’re just starting out, check out the Toyota Land Cruiser Association for tips, interesting reads and member events regarding the FJ40.