I drove a 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 earlier this week, and now my life will never be the same. That incredible 4.2-liter inline-six, that satisfying long-throw four-speed manual, that overall mechanical simplicity, that excellent off-road geometry: It’s no wonder this machine is such a legend.

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Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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