1981 Toyota FJ40: The Jalopnik Classic ReviewBenjamin Preston10/19/12 10:30amFiled to: Test DriveJalopnik ReviewsTruck YeahToyota FJ40Top972EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAlto de la Mina, Colombia — Once upon a time, trucks were trucks. All you got was a metal box with some seats and rudimentary controls; a thing to be battered, broken, and fixed repeatedly. Adding 4-wheel-drive was just a way to abuse these glorified carts in the gnarliest terrain imaginable.AdvertisementLand Rovers and Jeeps may have been the first offroad vehicles, but that great co-opter Toyota did a hell of a job building something that was similar to the originals, only better. Purists, I expect to read your objections in Kinja, but I'm sticking to my guns here. As far as trucks go, the Toyota FJ-40 is a bad motherfucker.(Full Disclosure: I wanted to drive an FJ-40 so badly, I talked a Colombian coffee farmer into letting me drive his. Well, in truth, I rescued a bunch of Colombian archaeology students from their professor, who nearly rolled the thing off the side of a mountain. So I really didn't have to beg; they asked me to drive it.)ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.