40 Series

40 Series (1960–1984)

Third generation – 40 Series

Toyota Land Cruiser (BJ40LV)

Also called Toyota Macho (Venezuela)
Production 1960-1984
Assembly ARACO
Yoshiwara,Aichi, Japan
Body style(s) 2-door Softtop
2-door Hardtop
2-door pickup truck
4-door Station wagon
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 3.0 L I6 B petrol[2]
3.9 L I6 F petrol[2]
4.2 L I6 2F petrol[2]
3.6 L I6 H diesel[2]
Wheelbase 90 in (2286 mm)
Length 151.2 in (3840.5 mm)
Width 65.6 in (1666.2 mm)
Height Softtop 76.8 in (1950.7 mm)
Hardtop 78.8 in (2001.5 mm)
Curb weight Softtop 3,263 lb (1,480 kg)
Hardtop 3,427 lb (1,554 kg)
Fuel capacity 18.5 US gallons
Main article: Toyota FJ40

For a more complete history of the FJ40 in the United States, see ‘The History of the Land Cruiser’ by Josh Boltrek at http://www.tlca.org

  • 1960 – The 20 Series was upgraded to the now classic 40. Toyota made many production changes by buying new steel presses. Mechanically, the FJ40 was given a new 125 hp, 3.9 liter F engine and the Land Cruiser finally received low-range gearing. The Brazilian model was rebadged the Bandeirante and received a Mercedes-Benz built Diesel engine generating 78 hp.
  • 1965 – Global production surpassed 50,000 vehicles.
    The Land Cruiser was the best selling Toyota in the United States.
  • 1968 – The 100,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide.
  • 1972 – The 200,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide.
  • 1973 – The 300,000th Land Cruiser was sold worldwide.
    The first diesel Land Cruiser was introduced for export on long wheelbase models with a six-cylinder H engine[citation needed].
  • 1974 – A four-cylinder 3.0-liter B diesel was offered. The introduction of this engine boosted sales in Japan by putting the Land Cruiser in a lower tax compact Freight-car category than it’s 3.9-liter gasoline version. Note: the new B diesel engine was different from the B gasoline engine used in the original BJ.
  • 1975 – The 3.9-liter gasoline engine was replaced by a larger, more powerful 4.2-liter 2F unit.
    The FJ55 received front disc brakes.
  • 1976 – United States-version FJ40 Land Cruisers received front disc brakes like the FJ55.
    The Toyota Land Cruiser Association was founded in California.
  • 1977 – The Irish Army took delivery of the first of 77 FJ45 Land Cruisers. Although fast, reliable and with good off-road performance the type tended to rust excessively in the wet Irish climate. A few which did not succumb to the effects of weather were repainted in gloss olive green and survive as ceremonial gun tractors at military funerals.
  • 1978 – The first BJ / FJ40 and FJ55 models were officially sold in West Germany with both diesel (BJ40) and petrol engines (FJ40 /55).
  • 1979 – United States-version FJ40s were updated this year with a new wider, square bezel surrounding the headlights.
    Power steering and cooler were offered in FJ40s for the first time.
    The diesel engine was improved, evolving into the 3.2-liter 2B only in Japan.
    The 3.6-liter H diesel engine was optional in some markets.
  • 1981 – the Diesel version was received front disc brakes and the more powerful 3.4-liter 3B engine.

40 Series The 40 Series was produced from 1961 to 1984. This is the classic Land Cruiser. It is a two door with removable hardtop / softop. Early models had a 3 speed transmission that was replaced in 1974 with a 4 speed, and in 1983 with a 5 speed. It is was produced with several engine types. FJ40’s with the 3.8 liter 6 cylinder F engine came to North America around 1963. FJ40’s with the 4.2 liter 2F engine started in 1974. BJ40’s with the 3.0 liter 4 cylinder B engine came to Canada from ’78-’80 but were offered elsewhere for longer. BJ40’s with the 3.4 liter 3B came to Canada from ’81-’84.

Toyota Land Cruiser 45 Series Troop Carrier

45 Series Troop Carrier This is a longer wheelbase version of the 40. This truck was spotted in Costa Rica. This style was not generally available in the USA although some were imported discreetly. Australia got their first FJ45 troopies in 1976, these were all soft top models with full hard doors. No diesel models until mid 1979 when the H series 6 cylinder diesel was introduced and a hard top model designated HJ45 arrived. It had 2 body options, 11 seat capacity or 3 seater, hardtop roof was full length fiberglass. All hardtops had “ambulance” rear doors, Nippondenso “factory under dash air” was an option. Around 1981 the HJ47 was released with the 2H diesel, padded dash and a change of color schemes. The HJ47 model continued until about late 1984.

Toyota Land Cruiser 45 Series Wagon

45 Series Wagon The 45 Wagon is quite rare It is similar to the troop carrier, but has 5 doors. Gifu Body manufactured the body for the 45 Wagon.

Toyota Land Cruiser 45 Series Pickup

45 Series Pickup The pickup version of the Land Cruiser. 45 LBPU Square bed with tie down loops on sides, removable hard/soft top. 45 SBPU Rounded bed with bevel on top rim like a 40. This version had fixed hardtop until approx. 1964 then removable hardtop.


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