Vehicles don't come much more legendary or iconic than the Toyota FJ40. Little wonder that it's bred not one, but a whole slew of modern incarnations. The FJ Cruiser was a revival of the original, the Land Cruiser remains the modern evolution of the breed, and the Land Cruiser Prado (known to us as the Lexus GX) owes its lineage to the original FJ as well. Heck, Toyota might not even be in the SUV business altogether, with its proliferate offerings, if not for the original FJ40. So it's about time that Petrolicious gave it is due.

This particular example hails back to 1976, which puts it smack in the middle of the second-generation Land Cruiser's lifecycle. That's when this example's owner, Josh Commons, was just a kid, and had a toy version of the FJ40 he would later come to own – the exact same model, same year, same color, everything. It evidently stuck with him, so when he was old enough, he bought one in 1992 – and it's been in his family over the decades since, passing from him, to his sister, to his parents, and ultimately back into his own loving hands.

Josh uses it like it was intended, taking it off-road and keeping it as true to the original as he can. The addition of power steering is a notable exception, but if that's what it takes to make it drivable day to day, far be it from us to pass judgement. Especially when he actually takes it off the beaten path and up to long-forgotten sites like the ghost town that is Boulder City, ID. Hear his story in the video above.


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