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Toyota Land Cruiser – Fifth Avenue, NYC

July 24th, 2009 by Ian

Land Cruiser 1This 60 Series Land Cruiser (gen 5 – 1980-1990) was designed with a soon-to-be-booming SUV market in mind. And, unless you consider a speed bump at the mall to be off-roading, these people were not exactly flogging these 4x4s around the trail. That means military-esq and bare bones (think FJ40) needed to morph into ruggedly handsome and civilized (A/C, electric windows, rear heater, etc). The previous generation models amassed a loyal following and Land Cruiser was Toyota’s best selling model in ’65. But Toyota knew that refinement needed to be baked in if they wanted to expand Land Cruiser’s then niche appeal. After all, the modern shopper who favor SUVs are probably more in love with the rugged persona it presents than the rock climbing mechanical underpinnings. We dig the two tone blue paint on this extremely well maintained example. Land Cruiser 2

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