In the long, great future of Autotrader Find, we’ll look back on this particular find as the one to compare them all to. “That’s cool,” we’ll say. “But is it as cool as that Land Cruiser hunting vehicle?” The answer will inevitably be “no,” and then I’ll go back to work alongside my capybara stuffed animal.
Yes, that’s right: I’ve found a Toyota Land Cruiser hunting vehicle. And this isn’t some mediocre, weak, pathetic hunting vehicle that’s just a normal Land Cruiser painted with zebra stripes. This is the real deal, in every sense of the term, and one of the most amazing — and desirable — hunting vehicle conversions I’ve ever seen.
I’ll start with a description. On the outside, it has sort of the general look of a Toyota Land Cruiser, but the doors and the roof have been completely removed. In their place, the car has a canvas top and a rear bench seat positioned above the rear cargo area, exposed to the elements and reachable through a ladder mounted on the passenger side. The ladder is part of the car’s “exoskeleton,” which is fairly massive and seems to cover the entire car, front to back.
Other interesting features: The front has a huge push bar, which is so big it can also be used for storage. And it appears the whole car has been rhino-lined, possibly to help it blend in when it’s in the bush.
Yes, the bush. You may be unfamiliar with this sort of thing, but I believe I know exactly what this is: It’s a hunting vehicle. In Texas, it’s not uncommon for ranches to exist solely for the purpose of cultivating a good hunting experience; people come to these giant private ranches and hunt rare animals, or just animals in general — usually paired with a more “upscale” experience, like excellent accommodations, and a guide and … a Land Cruiser hunting vehicle. My guess is that hunters sit in back, on the high-mounted rear seats, and shoot from there, while the guide drives around to look for game.
Or at least that was the Land Cruiser’s old life. It’s now offered for sale with 186,000 miles at Covert Chevrolet GMC Buick in the Austin exurb of Bastrop, Texas, for a whopping $47,999 — huge money, until you realize just how much a conversion this good would cost if you did it yourself. As a Land Cruiser enthusiast, I find this to be one of the most interesting vehicles on Autotrader — and I only wish I had a place to keep it. Or $48,000 to spend on it. Find a used Toyota Land Cruiser for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.