History of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series
On the heels of the Toyota Land Cruiser 40 Series's global success, a series of spin-offs continued the nameplate's legacy as a rough and rugged off-roader but with more application-specific traits.
In 1967, the wagon-style 55 Series was released, eventually evolving into the more luxurious iteration that the U.S. market knows today, including the 80 Series, 100 Series, 200 Series, and most recently, the 300 Series.
In 1984, the 70 Series was introduced as a ground-up refresh of the 40 Series, focused on heavy-duty applications. A light-duty iteration followed in 1985 that eventually became known as the Prado.
If the 70 Series isn't sounding very familiar, it's because you (tragically) wouldn't have found one sold new at a U.S. dealership. However, the 70 Series today is a popular import, offering variations like a short, medium, or long wheelbase, hard or soft top, two or four doors, diesel or gasoline engines, and wagon or pickup style.
Each model's specifications were denoted by a uniform chassis number: XJ7X. The letter(s) before the "J" signified the engine type, while the number after the "7" indicated the body style.
Why You Need This BJ70
This Toyota Land Cruiser for sale is a BJ70 with soft-top, which indicates that it's a short wheelbase, 3B diesel-powered variation. The 3B 3.4L engine might not be the most powerful, but it's a highly reliable unit perfect for hassle-free off-road use. You won't see a lot of 70 Series on the roads or trails, but they're available from quality importers like 4 Wheel Classic Cars, complete with the required import documentation.
In addition to its 3.4L I4 engine, the BJ70 offers a stout 2-speed transfer case, solid axle, ample clearance, and a tight wheelbase for maneuverability. These factors add up to virtual invincibility, but slap on a few modifications to suit your needs and you have a complete off-road juggernaut.
Features & Specifications
This 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ70 soft-top is a small wheelbase example powered by a 3B 3.4L diesel four-banger offering 90 hp. The inline 4 engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and 2-speed transfer case. It remains in mostly original condition with a modifications like 15 in. wheels wrapped in 33 in. Cooper tires with full matching spare, Safari snorkel, aftermarket headlights, chrome exhaust tip, and aftermarket temperature gauge.
Recent service includes includes new rear brakes, new emergency brake cables, a new brake master cylinder, a transfer-case rebuild, a new front grille, and exhaust repairs. It's offered with a clean Utah title and the removed factory parts.
- 3B 3.4L Inline 4-Cylinder Diesel
- 90 hp., 160 lb.-ft. Torque
- 5-Speed Manual
- 2-Speed Transfer Case
- Right Hand Drive
- Part-Time 4-Wheel Drive
- Solid Front & Rear Axles
Upgrades & Modifications:
- 15 in. Fuel Alloy Wheels
- 33 in. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro Tires
- Matching Full-Size Spare Tire & Wheel
- Safari-Brand Engine Snorkel
- Aftermarket IPF Headlights
- Chrome Exhaust Tip
- Removable Soft Top
- Aftermarket Hastings Coolant Temp Gauge
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