That 2,000-horsepower monster may have garnered the lion’s share of attention when it came to Toyota Land Cruisers at the SEMA show this year, but those who appreciate craftsmanship and classic forms will want to take a look at the vehicle you see here.
It’s a 1982 FJ43 that’s been restored and modified by the folks over at The FJ Company – the same that brought us that brown one and the two-tone teal wagon before it. This example they call the Aspen Project apparently commissioned by a customer in the swanky Colorado resort destination.
As you can see, it’s been brought up to factory-fresh condition, and then some. It underwent a full frame-off restoration, and slipped in some major modifications in the process – not the least of which hides under the hood.
There you’ll find the 4.5-liter inline-six from a modern Land Cruiser – fuel-injected, mated to a five-speed manual and rated at 210 horsepower. The power steering, brakes, and HVAC system were all brought up to spec as well, joined by a custom soft top and roll cage, Recaro buckets, Warn winch, PIAA auxiliary lighting… the works.
Not a bad way, all in all, to amble around Aspen in between all those luxed-out, factory-fresh Range Rovers and Mercedes GL-what-have-yous.