America's Most Original Toyota FJ40 Is a Unique Gem

Having dealt with over a thousand FJ40s, TLC founder Jonathan Ward has never seen a cleaner example than this 1978 hardtop. Not even at Toyota's museum.

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Toyota's no nonsense FJ40s may be infinitely rebuildable, but finding an all-original, low mileage example in pristine condition is a near impossible task today. However, based on Jonathan Ward's experience, you still have a small chance of discovering one that fits the bill perfectly. And in the case of this green 1978 hardtop, that literally meant buying a dream.

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The story goes that a carpet merchant in Wyoming bought the truck in 1978, only to park it in a cozy crate when summer ended. The crate stayed high on the wall of his warehouse, in view from his office as a reminder of his retirement plans. Unfortunately, the owner never opened said crate never again.

Today, what you're looking at is a US-spec high-altitude model with 5272 original miles. Real time-warp condition, with just a few parts like the battery, the fuel filter, the tires and some rubber seal for the hardtop replaced since 1978. All the period correct emission equipment onboard, with power brakes and a full syncro 4-speed connected to a 2-speed transfer case. Simply amazing.

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