1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Pickup

The value of older SUVs has been on the rise lately. And one of the classic models that went against the trend was the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 series. Today, thanks to these market forces and the innovation industry, FJ40s are quite expensive. But this week’s case in point: a 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup.

TheFJ45 gave the Toyota Land Cruiser more room foractivities.

Today, most Americans know the Toyota Land Cruiser as an SUV. However, it was marketed as a pickup in the past and is still sold in some countries. And in the case of the FJ40/FJ45, it was one of many available configurations, reports Silodrome.

Multiple body styles became possible because Toyota offered the Land Cruiser J40 in three wheelbase lengths, reports Silodrome. The J45 version has the longest wheelbase, so it was generally sold as a sunroofed car, according to Hagerty and FJ.

In fact, while restomod companies can give you modern, the original pickup model is quite rare. According to FourWheeler, the FJ45 represented less than 1% of Toyota Land Cruiser sales from 1960 to 1984. That’s probably because the tax on chickens is driving up the price of the pickup, reports Hagerty.

With the exception of the cargo area and wheelbase, the FJ45 pickup is mechanically identical to the regular FJ40 Land Cruiser. The F in the name is an internal code referring to the SUV’s gasoline engine, and the B is the diesel engine, Silodrom said. In the pre-1975 example, that means a 3.9-liter six-in-line making 125 hp and 209 lb-ft, mated to a three-speed manual transmission, reports Silodrome. And of course an all-wheel drive system with transfer case, reports Autoblog.

The first Land Cruisers are not very luxurious. Air conditioning and power steering were not available as options until 1979, according to Silodrome. And even with the new 135-hp 4.2-liter six-in-line, they’re not fast, according to Car and Driver. The FJ45 is not a highway car, nor is it necessarily a comfort car, but it is a rugged and reliable workhorse, reports Petrolicious. And as a pickup, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, reports TLC4x4.

Pickup 1964 FJ45 Toyota Land Cruiser on trailer

3/4 front view of a 1964 Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup | with trailer

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The 1964 FJ45 Toyota Land Cruiser currently offered on Bring a Trailer is not exactly in stock. But his adjustments make him a little more capable and easier to live with.

This FJ45 Land Cruiser uses an old Emu Nitrocharger Sport on shock absorbers and upgraded Dakar leaf springs. The truck is also equipped with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires and a Warn winch with front bumper. Plus spray lines with integrated ribbons. And while there’s no air conditioning, the interior has cloth repose seats with matching carpets and a CD player under the dash.

1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup interior | bring trailer

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Although some Land Cruisers of the era were equipped with interchangeable engines, this 1964 FJ45 still has the original 3.9-liter six-in-line with a three-speed manual transmission. However, the engine is fitted with a new carburettor and electronic ignition system by PerTronix. Bring a trailer and note that the current owner has replaced the ignition coil, distributor cap, radiator cap, battery, PCV valve and spark plugs. In addition, the fuel tank was replaced in 2016 and a new electric pump was installed in 2020.

Classic pickup SUV.

1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup 3/4 rear view | Bringing a trailer

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At the time of writing, this 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 pickup is up for auction on the Bring a Trailer site for $17,890, with three days to go. Some commentators claim that it is incorrectly referred to as a 1964 model, when in fact it is a 1967 model. However, the same commentators note that the differences are minimal at best.

And considering the age and condition of the truck, this 1964 FJ45 is undervalued. The average price of a Bring a Trailer is often between $20,000 and $40,000. And a well-maintained FJ40 Land Cruiser can easily be sold for more, says Hagerty. So, if you’ve been thinking about buying a rugged vintage work truck, this might be your chance.

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