?Used Toyota Landcruiser – Market Remains Strong
From its conception in the 1950’s, the Toyota Landcruiser developed a legendary reputation as a highly capable off-road vehicle, renowned for its high power engine and rugged chassis and drive train. These traits have characterised all models since and coupled with advances in technology and more focus on luxury, the 2010 Landcruiser 200 is an amazing vehicle. This proven history and development over the last 60 years has made the used Toyota Landcruiser market a thriving hive of activity.
The development of the Landcruiser began in Japan just after World War II, as the Japanese has been exposed to the US military Jeep and saw the potential to improve this model and offer it to the civilian market. In January of 1951, the first prototype was completed, known as the Model BJ. With a 3.4L Six Cylinder engine producing a healthy for the day 85Hp (64kW), a chassis from the existing Toyota SB truck and a solid 4WD drive train, the legend began as this vehicle had outstanding off road capabilities. These characteristics were the platform of all future models that have been a winning combination for the Toyota Landcruiser ever since.
After building a solid reputation in its early years, Toyota continued its development and in 1954 the name ‘Land Cruiser’ was adopted in attempts to distance itself from the American Jeep and also remain strong against the established Land Rover brand. The FJ25 model came with the first ‘F’ series engine, with more power at 105hp (79kW) and improved suspension for better ride and comfort. It was this model that was first imported in to Australia in 1958 by the Theiss Brothers, for use on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme. This was the beginning of a love affair with the Landcruiser in Australia that is still strong today.
The demand for the used Toyota Landcruiser remains strong across all models in Australia, from the legendary FJ40 built from 1960 – 1984, through the ever popular Landcruiser 80 and Landcruiser 100 series models. They have legendary status for off road, towing and workhorse capabilities and improvements in comfort have seen the Landcruiser even become popular as an urban vehicle for families needing that little bit more.
The Landcruiser 200 is set to cement its place as the greatest 4WD on earth and the combination of off road capabilities and luxury make this one outstanding vehicle. From the V8 petrol or twin turbo diesel engines, advanced traction control and suspension and excellent interior finish, this is certainly one model that will maintain the demand in the u