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158 Rolling Hill Rd
Mooresville, NC 28117
1978 Toyota FJ40
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When someone says “vintage 4x4,” your brain probably goes right to thinking “Jeep.” However, during the same time period as the Jeep was being developed and gaining in popularity, Toyota was developing their own off-road workhorse. The Toyota FJ40 finally came to fruition in 1960 after over a decade of other 4x4 Toyota vehicles. While the previous Toyota 4x4s were useful, the FJ40 Land Cruiser was an instant hit that gained popularity similar to that of the Jeep CJs.

This 1978 Toyota FJ40 has survived quite well, as most of them succumbed to extreme abuse as the workhorses they were. The exterior has some defects here and there, but they all tell a story and really add to the rugged look of this FJ. Equipped with a sturdy off-road bumper and winch, it is clear this Toyota means business and is ready to go wherever you want it to take you. Sitting on a set of KMD XC Rockstar wheels, this FJ40 has a mean look to it.

The interior is nothing more than it ever was from the factory: simple, basic, and rugged. The front seats have been replaced with black racing bucket seats, while the folding rear seats appear to be OEM or OEM-style. The rear seats face each other, rather than forward, which is just one of the fun and unique features these FJ40s have. A rollcage is in place for safety during your topless four-wheel adventures. There is no radio, but that's not exactly a necessity when you're offroad! Besides, you wouldn't want to worry about radio theft when you park it somewhere with the top off. The ignition cylinder has been removed in lieu of a racecar-style ignition toggle switch.

Under the hood is a correct Toyota inline six-cylinder. While you won't be winning any drag races in this vehicle, it is a reliable choice for a torquey off-road engine. This is a Toyota after all! Hooked up to a 4-speed manual transmission, this Toyota is truly a bare-bones workhorse that is prepared for any rugged activity you throw at it. It runs and drives great, and is ready to hit the trails!

If you're looking for a unique 4x4, but don't want a Jeep or other SUV, this Toyota may just hit the mark. It isn't afraid of a rough trail or a few scratches, and you shouldn't be afraid to use it for its intended purpose. That's what it was built for! Don't miss out on this chance to own a rugged piece of 4x4 history.

Contact Shelton Classics & Performance at 704-663-0432 or for more information

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Air Conditioning N/A
Heater YES
Speedometer NO
Oil PSI Gauge/Light YES
Temperature Gauge/Light YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tachometer N/A
Wipers YES
Horn YES
Radio N/A
Headlights YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights NO
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Door & Trunk YES (No ignition key necessary)
Runs & Drives YES


Engine Type
Engine Size
200ci Inline 6-cylinder
Fuel Specification


Body Color
Body Style
Paint Type




Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Racing Bucket Seats
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console

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Engine Size
200ci Inline 6-cylinder
Transmission Type
4-Speed Manual
Body Style

Vehicle Options

  • Power Brakes
  • Drum Brakes
  • Sport Seats
  • Heater/Defroster
  • Bucket Seats
  • Running Boards
  • Removable Hard Top
  • Off Road Tires
  • Locking Tailgate
  • Grille Guard
  • Custom Bumper
  • Chrome Exhaust Tips
  • Alloy wheels