Toyota FJ History

The Toyota J40 is the model designation for a Toyota Land Cruiser 40 series made from 1960 until 1984 (in Brazil, where it was known as the Toyota Bandeirante, it was made from 1968 until 2001). Most 40 series Land Cruisers were built as 2-door SUVs with slightly larger dimensions than a Jeep CJ.

The model was available as the FJ40 series (with F engines) and also BJ40/41/42 (short wheelbase), BJ43/44/46 (middle wheelbase) or HJ45/47 (long wheelbase) designation where it had a Diesel engine. Land Cruisers built in Brazil from 1968 to 1993 – with Mercedes-Benz engines – received OJ40/45 (OJ50/55 from 1973) series chassis codes and those built from 1994 to 2001 – with Toyota engines – have BJ50/55 series model codes.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro style compact SUV with styling and off road performance reminiscent of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers. Introduced as a concept car at the January 2003 North American International Auto Show, the FJ Cruiser was approved for production after positive consumer response and debuted at the January 2005 North American International Auto Show in final production form. The FJ cruiser is built by Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors in Hamura, Japan since 2006 and shares many structural underpinnings from the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. On 5 November 2013, Toyota USA announced the 2014 model year Trail Teams edition would be called the “Ultimate Edition” and that the 2014 model year would be the last for the FJ Cruiser in that market.

Toyota FJ40

Toyota Land Cruiser (40 series)
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Sintra, Portugal (Wikipedia)

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a popular series of four-wheel drive vehicles produced by the Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation. The Land Cruiser, along with the Hilux utility, has been used in the world’s most grueling terrains and climates. Design of the Land Cruiser began in 1951 as a Toyota Jeep-like vehicle and production began in 1954. The Land Cruiser has been produced in many different versions such as the convertible, hardtop, station wagon and utility. In many places, the term Land Cruiser has even become a generic term for an off-road vehicle.

40 Series (1960–1984)
Third generation – 40 Series

Yoshiwara,Aichi, Japan
Body style(s)2-door Softtop
2-door Hardtop
2-door pickup truck
4-door Station Wagon
LayoutFR layout

1981 Land Cruiser Troop Carrier
1960 – The 20 Series was upgraded to the now classic 40. Toyota made many production changes by buying new steel presses. Mechanically, the FJ40 was given a new 125 hp, 3.9 liter F engine and the Land Cruiser finally received low-range gearing. The Brazilian model was rebadged the Bandeirante and received a Mercedes-Benz built Diesel engine generating 78 hp.
1965 – Global production surpassed 50,000 vehicles. The Land Cruiser was the best selling Toyota in the United States.
1968 – The 100,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide.
1972 – The 200,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide.
1973 – The 300,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide. The first diesel Land Cruiser was introduced for export on long wheelbase models and it had a six-cylinder H engine.
1974 – A four-cylinder 3.0-liter B diesel was offered. The introduction of this engine boosted sales in Japan by putting the Land Cruiser in a lower tax compact Freight-car category than it’s 3.9-liter gasoline version. Note: the new B diesel engine was different to the B gasoline engine used in the original BJ.
1975 – The 3.9-liter gasoline engine was replaced by a larger, more powerful 4.2-liter 2F unit. The FJ55 received front disc brakes.
1976 – United States-version FJ40 Land Cruisers received front disc brakes like the FJ55. The Toyota Land Cruiser Association was founded in California.
1977 – The Irish Army took delivery of the first of 77 FJ45 Land Cruisers. Although fast, reliable and with good off-road performance the type tended to rust excessively in the wet Irish climate. A few which did not succumb to the effects of weather were repainted in gloss olive green and survive as ceremonial gun tractors at military funerals.
1978 – The first BJ / FJ40 and FJ55 models were officially sold in Germany with both diesel (BJ40) petrol engines (FJ40 /55).
1979 – United States-version FJ40’s were updated this year with a new wider, square bezel surrounding the headlights. Power steering and cooler were offered in FJ40s for the first time. The diesel engine was improved, evolving into the 3.2-liter 2B only in Japan.

Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 : トヨタ・ランドクルーザー FJ40
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Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
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Australian brochure, not dated, from Theiss Toyota Pty. Ltd..

Today I have seven Land Cruiser advertising pieces from several continents. I hope you are enjoying them.

It’s winter, and there are no car shows to go to, so I’m back to scanning brochures from my forty year collection.

Nice FJ40 Rear Qtr
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Toyota FJ45

Toyota FJ-45
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Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45
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Toyota FJ45 Troopie
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Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Image by stevelyon
Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser #1
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Toyota FJ Cruiser #2
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Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Toyota FJ Cruiser in Voodoo Blue, 2008, Owned by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube





Toyota FJ Cruiser (GSJ15W)
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Manufacturer Toyota
  • 2006–2014 (LHD)
  • 2006–present (RHD)
Assembly Japan: Hamura, Tokyo, (Hino)
China: Guangzhou (GAC)
Designer Jin Won Kim (2002)
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV (J)
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Hilux
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Lexus GX
Engine 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6
Transmission 6-speed manual (4WD only)
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 105.9 in (2,690 mm)
Length 183.9 in (4,671 mm)
Width 2007–09: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
2010–: 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
Height 71.3 in (1,811 mm) (2WD)
72.0 in (1,829 mm) (4WD)
Curb weight 4,050 lb (1,837 kg) (2WD)
4,290 lb (1,946 kg) (4WD manual)
4,295 lb (1,948 kg) (4WD automatic)


Toyota Land Cruiser 40 series
Manufacturer Toyota
Also called
  • Toyota Bandeirante (Brazil)
  • Toyota Macho (Venezuela)
  • 1960–1984
  • 1968–2001 (Brazil)
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 2-door pickup
2-door SUV
4-door SUV (1960-1966)
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
  • 3.8L F I6
  • 4.2L 2F I6
  • 3.0L B I4 diesel
  • 3.2L 2B I4 diesel
  • 3.4L OM324 I4 diesel
  • 3.4L 3B I4 diesel
  • 3.6L H I6 diesel
  • 3.7L 14B I4 diesel
  • 3.8L OM314 I4 diesel
  • 4.0L OM364 I4 diesel
  • 4.0L 2H I6 diesel
  • 2,285 mm (90 in)
  • 2,430 mm (96 in)
  • 2,650 mm (104 in)
  • 2,950 mm (116 in))
Predecessor Toyota J20 series
Successor Toyota J55 and J70 series


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