1993 Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ81 VX Limited


A wicked beautiful green right hand drive Land Cruiser HDJ81 VX powered by a 4.2L turbo diesel motor and outfitted with the Limited trim? Oh yes, please and thank you. They really know how to spec a 4x4 over in Japan, but luckily, our friends at GF Motorsports know a good thing when they see it and decided to import this one and put it up for sale. 

It’s in amazing shape mechanically and aesthetically, nicely optioned, 5-speed, outfitted with a few key off-road driving-focused modifications, and has well below average mileage for its age with only 74,000 miles on the odometer. And if you know anything about Land Cruisers, you know that it’s EXTREMELY hard to find one that has all of those characteristics. Snatch this one up from Fort Worth, Texas for a modest investment of $32,500. 

The Specs.

This Land Cruiser HDJ81 VX is outfitted well from the factory given that it is a Limited model, including options like dual batteries, a power sunroof, a compass, and an altimeter. To add to that, this example has been given some additional goodies like rare 3-piece Work wheels, a lift kit, chrome sliders and some additional lighting. 

The real star of the show for most enthusiasts in North America is what’s under the hood–a 4.2L 24-valve 1HD-FT turbodiesel inline-six which features a single overhead cam and direct injection producing a stock 165 horsepower and an impressive 266 lb ft of torque. To sweeten the deal, the previous owner added an aftermarket performance tune, and a Jasma exhaust to give it a more throaty sound. 

Here are some additional details, including some detail on overall condition and known flaws:


  • 4.2L 1HD-1 turbo diesel engine
  • Five speed manual transmission
  • Dual-range transfer case
  • Right hand drive
  • Four wheel drive
  • Dual batteries
  • Jasma exhaust
  • Aftermarket tune


  • Gray interior
  • Fabric front bucket seats
  • 50/50 rear bench seat
  • Aftermarket stereo (will not work in the United States)
  • Curtain rods on back windows
  • Backup camera
  • Sunroof
  • Power folding mirrors
  • JDM compass 
  • JDM altimeter
  • Nardi Torino steering wheel


  • Dark Emerald Green (6M1) paint
  • EGR rain guards
  • Aluminum front bumper 
  • Running boards
  • PIAA round lights mounted on bumper (two settings)
  • Chrome Diorama sliders
  • OEM Toyota mud flaps 
  • 5 Work Crag three-piece 15” wheels
  • Yokohama Geolander A/T tires (September 2018)
  • Fender mount rear view mirror


  • Paint is in excellent condition overall and shows great
  • Body, floor panels and rockers have no signs of rust
  • Frame has been repainted several times (common practice in Japan)
  • Minor surface rust on some suspension parts
  • Minor wear on the center console
  • Steering wheel padding has cracked on top (seller states a stock wheel replacement is $150-200)
  • Spare tire may need replacement
  • Small door ding/paint chip on driver’s side front door 
  • Small dent in rear bumper 
  • Scratches in rear bumper paint (driver's side)
  • Minor fading in driver’s side front fender paint
  • Hood has some rock chips and water spots
  • Other minor chips as you’d expect for a car w/this mileage

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