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Whoa, A Diesel 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser for $85,000?

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

We all love BJs, right? How much would you pay for a BJ, I mean a really good one? Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Land Cruiser is possibly the nicest BJ40 you could ever receive, but is its price too much of your wad to blow at one time?

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A Porsche executive was once asked if the company would ever introduce a lower-priced entry-level model, for people of lessor means. Without missing a beat he averred that Porsche already has such a car, it's called a used Porsche.

Yesterday's 1975 914 was just such a used Porsche, and with an incredible 92% Nice Price win, it's obviously a pretty reasonable point of entry into the marque. That might however not be the case with today's candidate.

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You know, being described as 'anal' can be taken a couple of ways. First, as the short form of anal retentive, it can indicate that you are obsessed with the minutia of the details of the granularity of the subject. The other way has stuff to do with your butt.

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This amazingly resto-modded 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ-40 could be seen as the result of the former. It's described as having had every nut and bolt stripped from it like the clothes from a wrongly-accused girl in a '70s women's prison movie, only to have them later reinstalled, newer and stronger than ever.

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Icon, the kings of the resto-mod does a nice Land Cruiser, but they pack it full of Chevy V8. This one still has the Toyota 3.0 four - the B-series diesel engine that provides the B in the BJ name. That 80-horse/141 lb-ft mill is backed up by a 4-speed stick and of course drives all four wheels through solid axles at each end. Rattle, rattle, rattle, thump, thump, thump.

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The thing of it is about all those basic mechanicals, in the case of this BJ, they look clean enough to feed the queen off of. That's just the beginning of how nice this Land Cruiser seems to be. The body is said to have started with a new tub and then to have been kitted out in a no-expenses spared kind of way.

There's a Warn winch on the front, and dutch doors on the back. Inside you can choose from either the Chevy Tahoe seats up front, or the side-facing benches in the rear. Both are covered in what's described as BMW pattern leather. The paint and upholstery both look to be impeccable, and the truck sits on a appreciably handsome set of 17" alloys and fat tires.

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It's the build quality, at least as described in the ad, that's the most impressive thing about this BJ. You can see some of the work that went into it on the the seller's Facebook page, and there's a video too.

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This is perhaps the nicest BJ40 you'll ever see, even including the Icon trucks, and according to the ad it apparently took over $140K to get that way. What you'll now need to decide is if its current condition warrants its present $85,000 price.

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What do you say, is this BJ worth eighty-five large? Or, despite how awesome it is, is that a price that just blows?

You decide!

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Austin Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Steve Burger (mmm, burger) for the hookup!

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andrewpcollins
Andrew P. Collins

Prices on FJ40s in the US is completely out of control. This isn't even the first one I've seen asking over $80,000. Really makes me wish I'd bought every shitty old rusty one I could get my hands on... hell, maybe I still will.

In a decade or so we'll be watching these get auctioned off on Velocity for $120,000 easily. First-gen Ford Broncos and Series Land Rovers will be a bit behind, followed by CJ-7s and 5s, then maybe, maybe the International Scout will get valuable once nobody can afford any of the above.