Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

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Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. I'm not even going to try to guess the model year on this thing!

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Illustration for article titled Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

Being a city boy, I'm no expert on serious off-road machinery, and damn near all Land Cruisers of this era have had the hell modified out of them anyway. I don't see side marker lights, which may indicate that it's a pre-1968 model, but I'll leave the speculation to the readership. All I'm going to say is that I approve of this fine machine and the fact that it's still on the street after at least several decades.

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You can't swing a dead mountain goat without hitting two of these in Denver and the Front Range. There also were a lot of the old-school Broncos (Ford, not Elway) wandering around town, too. All were usually rusted through and patched with everything from random sheet metal to diamond plate and sported the largest tires/winch/bumper/roll cage that could be fitted. Fittingly they all seemed to live outside,usually topless, and were driven year round regardless of the weather. I remember seeing one guy commuting daily down Colorado Blvd who would simply wear a massive snow suit and ski goggles to drive during even the worst snow storm. Man I miss the Front Range!