1978 Toyota Land Cruiser


  • Imported from Australia and brought to the UK in 2016
  • Extensive documented work including new tyres, rebuilt injectors and fuel pump, and top engine rebuild
  • Accompanied by a large collection of receipts and a box of spare parts
  • Features an aluminium UTE bed and drop-down side panels
  •  Valid advisory-free MOT until November 2024 

The Appeal

 While it's not quite as synonymous here as it is in the Southern Hemisphere, the Toyota Landcruiser is a utilitarian powerhouse that defined a generation of off-road vehicles for many. The Landcruiser has a storied history, serving as the go-to vehicle for practical and field work around the world.

This specific vehicle is an Australian import, brought into the UK in 2016, and has been a reliable workhorse ever since. It has seen a comprehensive programme of maintenance work between 2016 and 2018, making it a solid choice for those looking for a classic commercial vehicle with a well-documented history.

History and Paperwork

  • Imported from Australia and brought to the UK in 2016
  • First registered keeper used it in France as a British expat from 2016 to 2018
  • Extensive documented work including new tyres and tubes in 2016, rebuilt injectors and fuel pump in 2017, new coolant hoses in 2017, new master brake cylinder in 2017, and top engine rebuild in 2018
  • Registered to its current number plate in 2019
  • Sold to the 2nd registered keeper in August 2020
  • Current owner purchased the vehicle on New Year's Eve 2022
  • The odometer currently reads 81,547 km, but it is presumed to have covered more in its lifetime
  • The vehicle will be sold with a large collection of receipts and a box of spare parts
  • Valid MOT until November 2024 with  no advisories

The Condition

  • The vehicle has never been restored, apart from a couple of small patches on the footwell
  • The chassis is still very solid, with only light surface rust
  • The truck carries working patina but is perfectly usable as is or can be the base for a bare shell restoration
  • The roof and front fenders are fibreglass components, likely fitted when the vehicle was still in Australia
  • The truck comes with an aluminium UTE bed and drop-down side panels, measuring 2.4m x 1.8m
  • Internally, the car is in solid order, albeit with working patina
  • Soft scratching, scuffing and marks to the painted dash and metalwork
  • The seats are in overall good condition, but the passenger seat stitches have come undone
  • Door cards are perfectly usable but are a little worn
  • The doors show some corrosion and paint loss to the internal metal work
  • Original Toyota floor mats present but showing some wear and tear

The Mechanics

  • 3.6L H I6 diesel engine
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • During the current ownership, work done includes:
    • Some electrical connection repairs
    • Second-hand heater box and air ducting have been sourced and refurbished
    • The radiator and starter motor have been refurbished
    • Regulator has been changed to correct a charging issue
  • In previous ownership the vehicle was treated to:
    • Tyre and tubes in 2016 
    • Injectors and fuel pump rebuilt in 2017 
    • Coolant hoses in 2017 
    • New master brake cylinder in 2017 
    • Top engine rebuild in 2018
    • Front axle and steering box rebuilt in 2019
    • Brake system rebuilt in the same year 
    • Fuel system also checked
    • Replacement of glow plugs in 2019
  • The vehicle is practical, low maintenance, and easy to repair
  • It was purchased to support field/garden work and has proven useful for transporting material and equipment
  • The only known fault is that the temperature gauge does not indicate the correct temperature
  • The engine starts easily and runs smoothly

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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Toyota
  • Model Land Cruiser
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 81,547 Miles
  • Engine size 3576
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Halesowen
  • Location West Midlands
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
27 bids
  • Redacted £13,250 29/11/23
  • ch•••• £13,000 29/11/23
  • Redacted £12,750 29/11/23
  • ch•••• £12,500 29/11/23
  • Redacted £12,250 29/11/23
  • ch•••• £12,000 29/11/23
  • ch•••• £11,750 29/11/23
  • Du•••• £11,500 29/11/23
  • ch•••• £11,000 29/11/23
  • jo•••• £10,250 29/11/23
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