If you have not observed, it is not simply the FJ40-Sequence Toyota Land Cruisers whose values have been bouncing across the stratosphere currently. Whereas the U.S. by no means obtained the FJ40’s nonetheless fairly spartan successor — the FJ70 Sequence — we did get the FJ60 Land Cruisers. Loads of them are nonetheless round, a minimum of ones that did not stay within the Midwest or the Northeast. The FJ60 Land Cruisers represented an evolutionary step in Land Cruiser historical past, coupling the mechanics of older FJ40 vans with a bigger and extra trendy inside, together with beefy four.2-liter inline-sixes. With loads of floor clearance, the 60-Sequence TLCs retained the off-road chops of their predecessors regardless of beneficiant rear overhangs. Spacious interiors made them well-liked options to home SUVs of the day, whereas folding rear seats provided loads of cargo capability.
When you’ve been following public sale outcomes for the FJ60 for the previous few years, you realize that these have gone from being a 1980s cult merchandise with a principally Californian following to one thing much more mainstream within the collector automotive group. As soon as handed up by basic sellers as drained suburban fare from the ’80s, these Land Cruisers at the moment are following the trajectory of Jeep Grand Wagoneers from the identical period, which you’ll recall as being fairly inexpensive 15 years in the past.
It is definitely telling that specialists like The FJ Firm at the moment are restoring these, and incessantly have a couple of at a time that they are engaged on. Once we spoke to Nelson Calle of the Miami-based FJ Firm a 12 months in the past, he sounded skeptical concerning the prospects of the 70-Sequence vans, which have been by no means offered right here, however cautioned that 60-Sequence TLCs have been beginning to see higher curiosity.
The FJ60 and FJ62 vans have been changed by the rather more luxurious FJ80 Toyota and Lexus SUVs, however not in Toyota 4×4 circles, the place they mixed the off-road expertise of the FJ40 with a big, trendy physique.
There is not any query that we’re nonetheless within the early days of FJ60 and FJ62 recognition within the U.S., however there are a couple of components that time to development in demand for the FJ60.
First, automobiles and values have stratified. The worst examples are gone, one of the best examples carry north of $30,000, and the middling vans at the moment are value sufficient for individuals to tinker with if not splurge on a better-than-new resto.
Second, there’s an fanatic following that overlaps with the 4×4 group and the basic Toyota truck group, with sizeable aftermarket components sourcing and assist. A small cottage business exists globally for these vans.
Third, nostalgia for “genuine” automobiles of the ’80s is seen as pushing demand even from these exterior the standard collector automotive group. Whereas the retro stylish of the woody Wagoneers fueled the craze even exterior of Jeep fanatic circles — the Grand Wagoneers grew to become well-liked summer season cottage toys for the rich seemingly in a single day — the FJ60 is driving an identical wave of ’80s nostalgia that is unburdened by associations with yacht rock in the intervening time. (ed: Embrace the sleek, Jay.)
FJ60 homeowners we have spoken with say that these TLCs have had a quiet following for a while, principally in Toyota truck circles, however they’re cautious concerning the FJ60 changing into “too huge of a factor.” Their frequent look on Deliver a Trailer is each a blessing and a curse, we have heard homeowners say, because it’s drawing out “bounty hunters” seeking to flip pristine examples on eBay for formidable quantities. This isn’t essentially one thing that Toyota fanatic circles are ecstatic about — most would like the FJ60 to be a Toyota group secret — however some welcome the eye.
We’re nonetheless within the early phases of FJ60 curiosity, nevertheless it’s telling that rigorously used examples repeatedly generate between $15,000 and $22,000, relying on spec and gear, on a number of well-liked public sale websites. There’s nonetheless room out there for the informal collector, with loads of clear driver examples within the $12,000 vary, however a couple of hard-fought public sale leads to the $30,000 vary and past level to deep-pocketed collectors forecasting additional appreciation.