But you can't have it.
Old Toyota Land Cruisers simply refuse to die, and if you happen to own one of these future classics, you could net yourself a small fortune by keeping it well maintained. These impeccable off-roaders are used around the world for all sorts of difficult missions and are favored by everyone from the humble farmer to the United Nations peacekeeper. Sadly, the Toyota Land Cruiser in any form is not available in the United States, where we have to make do with the Lexus LX. But in markets like South Africa where rugged dependability is hugely important, the Land Cruiser soldiers on, and now Japan's biggest automaker has revealed the 70th Anniversary Edition in SA to celebrate the off-roader's success.
Back in August, Toyota announced new spares becoming available for the Land Cruiser as part of the celebrations of this huge milestone, and now the South African market is getting a unique model boasting 70th Anniversary badges, a new front grille with the TOYOTA script, an intake snorkel for fording deep water, and a hood scoop. The special model also gains metal bumpers at each end, with the front boasting an integrated bullbar. A new bed cover is also provided, while 16-inch alloys wrapped in 265/70R16 rubber are standard alongside a choice of either Ivory White or Sand Beige paint.
Under the hood, you'll find a 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8 engine generating 202 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. This is directed to all four corners via a five-speed manual that boasts low-range gearing and locks for both front and rear differentials as standard. The exceptional off-roader can surmount obstacles with ease thanks to 9.3 inches of ground clearance, a 33-degree approach angle, and a 27-degree departure angle. Towing capacity is rated at 7,716 pounds while cargo is limited to 2,216 pounds. The vehicle is now available at a base price of R889,700 (a little under $55,000) for the single cab version, while the double cab will set you back at least R943,100, or a touch over $58,000.