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13,000-Mile Japanese-Market 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser


Today’s Autotrader Find is a Japanese domestic market (JDM) 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser with 13,000 miles of use.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is hot right now, at least in the United States. Maybe that’s because Toyota pulled the plug on the American-market Cruiser after the 2021 model year, or perhaps it is because the overlanding scene has ballooned from niche to mainstream.

No matter the reason, we’ve seen ever-higher asking prices for all sorts of Land Cruiser models ranging from final-year versions with 5-figure “market adjustment” addendums to restored vintage models surfing their way into the U.S. from South America.

The Land Cruiser, still sold in much of the world, is built at Toyota’s flagship assembly plant in Japan. While Toyota earmarks many for export to the world’s far reaches, a handful stays in the Land of the Rising Sun. With its crowded, yet surprisingly tranquil cities, Japan may not seem like the perfect place for a big bruiser of an SUV. That may explain why today’s Autotrader Find is so stunningly preserved.

This Land Cruiser is a first-year 80-Series model, the version that debuted for 1991 with rounded styling and a more car-like interior than its predecessors. Not only does its dash look like it could have come from a contemporary cabin, but the 80-Series is also the first Land Cruiser with relatively modern ergonomics. Aside from the lack of touchscreen displays, it could almost be a brand-new vehicle.

This particular example probably smells new, with an indicated 21,000 kilometers (about 13,000 miles). The extensive photos provided by the selling dealer in Miami seem to back this up, too. The Cruiser looks impeccable inside and out.

While American-market Land Cruisers of this era were all fitted with an underwhelming (if long-lasting) gasoline-fueled inline-6, global markets, including Japan, were offered a 4.2-liter turbodiesel with nearly 270 lb-ft of torque. Toyota kept the rugged and flexy solid axles but fitted them with smoother-riding coil springs rather than the leaf springs found on the previous Land Cruiser. Locking front, center, and rear differentials accessed via a knob and a button further aid off-road traction.

This one is equipped with VX trim, putting it toward the top of the Land Cruiser hierarchy in its inaugural year. In addition to the expected power amenities, it has some neat features not offered to Americans in 1991:

  • Headlight washers
  • Automatic climate control
  • Bolstered seats with power-adjustable lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Compass and altimeter

It’s dripping with fantastic minor details marking its status as a non-U.S. model, including window rain guards, extra chrome trim, and clear turn signals.

Oh, and its steering wheel is on the right. It’s a JDM, after all. The Land Cruiser is for sale for $54,495 at a dealership in Miami, Florida. Its 13,000-mile odometer reading accounts for fewer miles than a round-trip flight to the Yoshiwara factory in Toyota City, Japan, where Toyota built this Land Cruiser. See Toyota Land Cruiser models for sale

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Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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