Known for its off-roading capabilities, the original Land Cruiser 70 became a cult hit in markets outside of the US. Toyota re-released an oldie but goodie for one year in its Japanese market back in 2014. And while it was a big hit internationally, the US sadly never released Land Cruiser 70. The American car enthusiast just didn’t get it at that point. However, to the Australians, South Africans, and Japanese, the Land Cruiser 70 was and still is nothing short of iconic. The vehicle’s off-roading capabilities made outback and other wild outdoor spaces a piece of cake to traverse. In fact, in Australia, they offer snorkel-equipped 70s in a single cab pickup. They also offer a troop-carrying version that seats up to 11 people.
The re-release in Japan in 2014 marked the car’s 30-year anniversary. The mid-eighties Land Cruiser 70 was a square-bodied 4X4. It came with an optional two or four doors, steel doors and a top, slanted windshield. The grille could be mesh or consist of three horizontal bars.
The re-released version offered a newer V-6 engine, a five-speed manual, a revised interior to meet modern safety standards, and a more rigid frame. For $3.6 million yen or the equivalent of $35,000 USD, the Japanese could snag one brand new. Conversely, all of us stateside admirers have to find an imported, used one to spruce up. Our Land Cruiser listings are a great place to start, if you’re one of the aforementioned admirers.
Although the cars were only available for one year in Japan, they are still being produced for the Australian market. The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Australian release is said to come with more power and torque thanks to new injectors and engine changes. So while the Australians get a brand new version of the cult classic, Americans will face the same problem they have for the last 30 years. Import, anyone?