The Toyota Land Cruiser J70 was introduced in 1984, it replaced the venerable J40. From 1984 to 1996 Toyota built a light-duty J70 along with the heavy-duty version.
A redesigned light-duty J70 arrived in 1990, and in 1996 it was superseded by the all-new J90. The heavy-duty 70-series kept marching on and is still being offered.
Body-on-frame, solid axles (the J90 got independent front suspension) and a two-speed transfer case. And, of course, with the spare wheel clinging to the rear door.
In my neck of the woods this kind of vehicles is bought for the towing capacity and durability rather than off-road capabilities. The registered towing capacity of this Land Cruiser is 2,500 kg (5,512 lbs).
The J73 is the two-door medium wheelbase version with the FRP Top. The one I caught got our van conversion treatment and, consequently, a registration as a commercial vehicle.
Back then the Land Cruiser had multiple Japanese competitors in my country: the Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi Pajero, Isuzu Trooper (sold as Opel Monterey here) and the Daihatsu Rocky (that’s the Rugger, not the little toy-SUV).
Meanwhile things have changed drastically. The only offerings now from the Land of the Rising Sun in this segment are the Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Land Cruiser, currently the 150-series. The Land Cruiser has the upper hand though, by a wide margin.
Oh look, in the background! A car with a color! It’s a Volvo V40, by the way. Volvo’s highly popular C-segment representative.
This Land Cruiser is powered by Toyota’s 1KZ-T engine, hence the letters KZ in its model designation. That’s a 3.0 liter four-cylinder SOHC 8v turbo diesel engine with indirect injection, introduced in 1993. Its maximum power output is 125 DIN-hp. A perfect engine in this segment.
There was a bit of rust here and there, but I’m sure it will soldier on for many years to come. These are desirable off-roaders, all over the globe. Most likely it will eventually end up somewhere in the Middle East or Africa.