FJ Cruiser brings a 34-year-old Land Cruiser into the modern age.
Toyota's FJ Land Cruiser was one of the most popular ladder-frame overlanders the manufacturer has produced, which is why it has a cult-like status among collectors and enthusiasts. We've seen a few FJ project cars, but this one from FJ Company is by far the most impressive. The Alpine-inspired 1982 model FJ recreation is as close to automotive perfection as possible, no part of the car is untouched, and this is the result. This is typical of the cars that debuted at SEMA 2016, only the best will be remembered and so this FJ had to be that.
The full frame-off restoration features brand new and custom parts spread throughout the car, with modern parts added wherever possible. The Aspen (named after Aspen, Colorado) now features Recaro Speed seats in marine-grade upholstery with the same material on the door cards and rear bench seats. There's a digital instrument cluster, LED interior lighting, a premium sound system, Bluetooth, a backup camera, Vintage Air A/C and a custom roll cage as well as a custom soft top for stargazing. The exterior is a blend of old and new, done just right. Under the hood is a 4.5-liter, inline 6 with 210 hp Toyota 1FZ engine running with Haltech Electronic Fuel Injection and a 5-speed manual transmission.
Combined with the FJ80 5-speed transmission, Old Man Emu suspension, ARB lockers, power steering and disc brakes there's no terrain the reborn FJ cannot conquer. The exterior remains classic with the bold fenders and classic headlight bezel and the matte white paint with silver accents looks period correct. The OEM Toyota wheels add the right amount of modern combined with trail-ready accessories like a Warn 8274 winch and 7-inch PIAA LED fog lights. If you're going to redo a classic, this is the company to take notes from.