Hit the road Jack...
The future of the beloved Toyota Land Cruiser is in doubt, at least in the US. An all-new Land Cruiser, dubbed the 300 series, is due to arrive possibly sometime next year, though it remains uncertain whether it'll come stateside. It's not like Toyota doesn't have enough SUVs already, but the Land Cruiser is an icon and we always hate to see icons discontinued. Let's hope for the best.
In the meantime, our attention was quickly drawn to this 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser currently up for auction on Bring A Trailer because, well, just look at it. It's been seriously modified for Overlanding adventures and its 135,000 accident-free miles are a good indicator it's traveled around some. Toyotas have long been known for driving nearly problem-free even with 200,000+ miles, so this beauty has plenty of adventures left in it.
This UZJ100 example comes powered by a naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8 rated at 228 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. That power is transferred to all four wheels through a four-speed automatic slushbox, a two-speed transfer case, and a locking rear differential. There's even an Off-Grid Engineering dual battery system. However, it's the many modifications that are this SUV's true highlights.
It's been fitted with a Cascadia Vehicle pop-up roof tent mount, a Trail Tailor differential drop kit and Nitro Gear and Axle extended-travel upper control arms. The 17-inch wheels are wrapped in Cooper Discoverer STT Pro rubber. Inside, the leather seats have aftermarket protective covering for obvious reasons. The stock stereo has been swapped out in favor of an Alpine double-disc CD player.
Out the back, the cargo area has been equipped with a Goose Gear seat-delete platform. There's even a mini kitchen that includes a refrigerator. Another nice feature is the tailgate storage compartment. At a time when a majority of Earth's human residents are forced to keep social distancing and, in some countries, continued lockdowns, the idea of escaping that confinement has got to be appealing.
While leaving the planet isn't an option for anyone who isn't an astronaut, an Overlanding trip is probably the next best thing. As of this writing, this Land Cruiser's highest bid was just $11,000, though this will surely increase because the auction won't end until Monday.