In 1960 it saw the light of the third generation Land Cruiser – the legendary “fortieth” series. FJ40 series cars were significantly different from their predecessors. If the earlier model Land Cruiser were copied from Willys, the FJ40 had his own design. In addition, it was the first Land Cruiser with a reduction gear near.
Toyota FJ40 produced a boom in the US market. Spectacular appearance liked the sunny California residents, removable doors and roof makes this machine ideal for Sunday trips to the beach. At the same time, simplicity and high cross-machine attracted ranchers in Texas.
First range Land Cruiser third generation consisted of a modification – FJ40. It was a two-door car with soft or hardtop. It is this version of the Land Cruiser has been and remains the most popular car of the family “sorokovok”.
Even before the official release in the FJ40 series of light, in 1959, Toyota released the car with the name Bandeirante, which translated from Portuguese means a “pioneer.” In fact, it was the FJ40, but with a square shape of the headlights and the diesel Mercedes. Toyota Bandeirante made exclusively in Brazil until 2001 that car design has not changed dramatically over the 42 years, which, of course, we meet again-ment on unmatched FJ40 concept.
FJ40 – this is a car designed for functionality. Any component of the machine is highly reliable and has served exclusively for the operation of the vehicle as a whole. The side panels of the machine were flat, providing additional space in the cabin, the driver’s seat – the maximum shifted to the left, so that you can install the passenger “sofa”, which allows to transport two passengers in the front. The high roof provides perfect visibility FJ40. In order to reduce the weight of cars, hard plastic materials have been used in the roof structure in place of steel. It should be noted that the interior of the FJ40 remained practically unchanged throughout the 24 years of production of this model. In 1979, Land Cruiser began installing air conditioning and power steering.
From 1960 to 1975. Land Cruiser was equipped with in-line 6-cylinder engine of 3.9 liters of type F (engine type designation included in the model name), 125 hp and a torque of 283 Nm. In 1975 it began to install FJ40 2F engine. Its design is not much different from its predecessor, but Toyota engineers have increased its volume to 4.2 liters, making capacity has reached 135 hp and torque – 290 Nm. In addition, the new engine offers best lubrication system.
In 1973 he appeared for the first time a diesel version of the popular SUV. H-type engine is installed in the export model with long wheelbase. It was a 6-cylinder engine of 3.6 liters and 90 hp In 1980 it was replaced by 2H engine 4 liter. Buyers liked the diesel engine, so in 1974, Toyota introduced the Public Land Cruiser BJ40. The letter B in the model name means the new diesel engine is a 3 liter.
FJ40 Production ceased in 1984 – to replace this machine by a new, more modern generation Land Cruiser – J70.