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  • Toyota Land Cruiser BJ soft top
  • Toyota Land Cruiser BJ soft top

  • Type 25 BJ Land Cruiser
  • Type 25 BJ Land Cruiser

  • Toyota Land Cruiser 20 Series
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 20 Series


  • Toyota Land Cruiser 50 Series
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 50 Series

  • Toyota Land Cruiser 60 Series
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 60 Series

  • Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series

  • Toyota Land Cruiser 90 Series
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 90 Series

  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser

  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser

  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 60th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser

One of the longest-produced, most widely distributed vehicles in all of automotive history is also one of its most rugged: the Toyota Land Cruiser. With 60 years of continuous production, 14 different model lines and thousands of variations of the Jeep-like sports utility vehicle, the Land Cruiser became a success worldwide and developed a cult following among enthusiasts here in the US.

We'll be the first to admit that tracing the vehicle's lineage from its humble beginnings as a prototype for Japan's National Police Reserve in 1951 to what it is today isn't an easy task, especially when one considers that the types of Land Cruisers produced traditionally have varied from market to market. For example, the Land Cruiser sold in the US is very different from the US-only 40 series Land Cruiser-inspired FJ Cruiser, which is itself different from the Land Cruiser Prado sold in other world markets.

To cover the Land Cruiser's sixty-plus year history from start to present, someone over at Toyota UK was thoughtful enough to devote a plus-size blog post to it. It's worth a read if you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes – and even if you don't, you can check out our historical gallery above. Enjoy!


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      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish they went back to being a fun, tossable, tough, land cruiser instead of the now oversized SUV.
      AM2
      • 1 Year Ago
      @Damon Lowney, the FJ Cruiser is also sold in other markets, it's not a US-only model. Right-hand drive Australian-spec FJ Cruiser: http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/2/0/2011_toyota_fj_cruiser_australia_00_09-0311.jpg
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AM2
        They're also rather prevalent in the middle east from what I have seen.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love these old,basic no frills off-roaders.
      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Day 1 of history, copy Jeep
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        So? at that time they were asked to build willys-spec clone by US gov.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
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          ehisforadam
          • 1 Year Ago
          Wow...Ford or whoever made the first car?...just wow...you are dumb.
          Mr.Roadrage
          • 1 Year Ago
          Do you really believe that Ford made the first car?
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          Actually Willys made the winning prototype in the contest. Ford copied Willys (under government orders of course)
        Nickerson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        More like: Day 1 of history, make a better product than Jeep.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nickerson
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        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Look at the next evolution- the BJ25- they already turned the front leaf spring around and put the shackle in the rear. How long did Jeep continue on making the front leaf spring with the shackle stupidly in the front?
        zchmcqn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Ummm...the vehicle used in just about every nature show I've seen since I was a kid have all been Land Cruisers. There are some Land Rovers but I've NEVER seen a jeep used. Not once.
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before the Korean copyists there were the Japanese copyists. Toyota also blatantly copied the Chevy inline six and Powerglide
      SpaceGhost
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Toyota. You've managed to ruin a classic.
      Conspiracy theory
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://blog.toyota.co.uk/history-of-the-toyota-land-cruiser-station-wagon-models
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Conspiracy theory
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          Conspiracy theory
          • 1 Year Ago
          Your welcome! For whatever reason half of autoblog's links don't show up on the mobile iPhone app.
      rockymtnhikerCo
      • 1 Year Ago
      i drive a 1994 4x4 extended cab truck,pre Tacoma,going to turn 200,000 very soon,been an excellent truck,,and its doggy because has the 4 cylinder 22R-E motor,great on the flats,,but could use morepower up inthe Colorado high country approaching,say,Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels,I-70,,Summit county,i can keep up with a fully loaded tractor-trailer rig. LOL I pimped it out with a header and high performance exhaust.Its been a great truck though overall,no complaints.I have about 120 horsepower:-) i need to race an old VW bug to see who would win! Its not for sale,so don't ask!
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rockymtnhikerCo
        BFD a freaking Smart can keep up with a full load semi! Many corporate owned semi's these days have a governor.
      mcasti2097
      • 1 Year Ago
      NO MATTER WHAT; THESE RIDES ARE MADE BY JAPANESE FINANCING AND CAPITAL.............. GO FORD, GM & CHRYSLER!!! FELLOW AMERICANS BE NATIONALISTIC, PATRIOTIC...LOVE YOUR COPUNTRY. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT GETN THGE HELL OUT OF THE U.S.A.
        Corey Allen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mcasti2097
        So explain why this Canadian should buy U.S. made cars then? I buy the best product, I really couldn't care less about where its from. When you break stuff down nothing is from one country anymore. Plus Japan is a good ally of both our countries so why **** on them?
        musomesa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mcasti2097
        American manufacturers can compete very well with foreign ones. They just can't be bothered to make right hand drive vehicles and so leave a large market wide open to other makers.
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      From honest, hard-working, rugged go anywhere vehicle to lavish, overpriced and go to the shopping mall instead of the Serengeti luxo cruiser. Sad.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first I wondered if someone forgot that the FJ90 & FJ150 Prado are different from the larger FJ60/62/80/100/200 Series, then I read the article. Nice pictures though of the 1980 FJ60 and 1990 FJ80. As well equipped as the modern 200 is, my favorite Land Cruisers will always be the 1980-1987 FJ60, 1995-1997 FJ80, and 1998-2006 100. Never really liked the automatic-only FJ62 facelift of 1987, designed to preview the future more aerodynamic 1990 FJ80.
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