Another Toyota That Won’t Stop…

Land Cruiser FJ60

Toyotas have developed a bit of a reputation for momentum and continuity recently, but this is one Toyota that will keep on going in the way we want it to. That is, reliably and efficiently for a long time but in full obedience of its owner’s commands. I encountered this rock-solid old Land Cruiser in London today. I had my better camera with me, so you can at least enjoy a photo with moderately respectable resolution. What’s so interesting about these is that, despite their age, Land Cruisers of these age are so darned tough. In fact, the variant after this type – the FJ70 produced in the early 1990s – has proven to be so hard-wearing, and therefore so suitable for use in places like deserts or less developed countries where spares may be hard to come by and self-repair could be required, that Toyota continue to manufacture them. They’re provided in pretty spartan form, but the purpose of them is just to get across rough stuff reliably – if you want leather seats, cruise control and other such comforts, you’ll have to shell out for one of the brand new Land Cruisers which, for all their technological sophistication, have lost some of the ruggedness that makes these ones so attractive.

I’m not one of these people that likes to link things I’ve seen into obscure books I’ve read, but Robert Twigger talks at great length about these old Land Cruisers in his book Lost Oasis about modern desert exploration in Egypt. If you’re wanting to go exploring in the desert, Twigger says this is what you want. Not a brand-new, modern 4×4, not a Land Rover, not a Jeep, one of these. If it’s good enough for the Gilf Kebir, then it’s almost certainly too good for the middle of London…

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