Though older models exist, many Toyota Land Cruiser enthusiasts see the FJ40 as the original. The gorgeous boxy, but curvy shape is such an icon it is recognized world-wide as one of the best 4x4s ever produced. As the old saying goes, “they simply don’t make them like that anymore.”
There were several variations including these – FJ40, FJ41, FJ42, FJ43, FJ44, FJ45, FJ46, FJ47 (along with the Diesel versions which would be BJ40, BJ41, BJ42, BJ43, BJ44, BJ45, BJ46, BJ47 . The rarity of some of these models cannot be overstated. Because there are regions where the line was never imported, it is possible that NONE of these models exist in certain areas.
These Land Cruisers were produced from 1960 through 1984 and in N. America, the typical engine is gas powered with the model numbers F or 2F. It would be extremely rare to find a diesel version (B models) in the U.S.
In 1976, Land Cruisers added disc brakes and then available power steering and a/c in 1979. Many restorers are adding these features themselves, but they weren’t officially standard until these years. (reference) An estimated 300 imports of the 1983 FJ40 made their way into the States. Collectors throughout the country seek that model year though there is not a lot of difference between it and the 1982. (Wikipedia)
The Bandeirante ( OJ50 / 55 / 55 B / 55 2B, BJ50 / 55 / 55 B / 55 2B ) was a J40 series built in Brazil by Toyota do Brasil Ltda from 1959-2001. Identical to the BJ40 in almost every respect, it had a few stylistic modifications to the grille and used a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine ( later replaced by Toyota 14B inline 4 direct injection Diesel engine ) for much of its production life. (reference)
These Bandeirante is impossible to find in Costa Rica and we do not have the ability to export them to our clients. Even so, we could only export up to a certain year to meet with the U.S.’s strict 25 year rule.