I'm pretty sure we're looking at a bit of an oddball in the Land Cruiser family tree. At first, I was thinking that someone had just combined an FJ55 with an FJ40, and given it a name of it's own, then I found out that the FJ45LV does actually exist and is a legitimate Toyota product. It was offered as a more upmarket, 4-door long wheel base 40-series, with it's stamped steel side panels, and rear tailgate, it was oriented more towards a family buyer that wanted a capable 4WD. The model we're looking at here has relatively low miles (86,000) and had a lovely one owner life in the rust free desert, somewhere along the line, an aftermarket air-conditioning system was added, which will likely be a wonderful benefit to our readers that live in warmer climates. The new owner just finished installing an Old Man Emu lift, this could be a seriously unique overland vehicle. If someone buys it, and emails me, I'll send them a free swag pack.
There's a popular misconception that you need an expensive vehicle to hit the trail and see the world. In reality, some of the most ideal vehicles produced fall into the $3000-5000 bracket. Heavy hitters such as the Toyota 80 series Land Cruiser, Land Rover Discovery I, and the Toyota 4Runner can all be easily purchased for well under $5000. The lower entry price of these trucks allows plenty of leftover money for modifications and most importantly...traveling! Since we're Arizona based, we're using a local craigslist search as it often results in the best vehicle deals. Here's five examples of cars that we found to be accurately priced, and also in decent shape.
With their simple, durable design, Jeep makes a perfect vehicle for overland travels. That's why we have a Jeep thing!
Let me clue you in on a little secret, the Overland Rally Series is seriously fun, and this years location is only going to make it more fantastic! The Northwest Rally is being held just outside of the Bavarian look-alike village of Leavenworth, Washington this year (it's not that Leavenworth by the way) and it's pretty much guaranteed to be a great time. There's organized trail runs that you can do with all of your best friends from Expedition Portal and the overland community, as well as some awesome classes being taught by Warn, ARB, and Masterpull! You can be assured that you'll eat well, with Chef Ara and Spirit there to help you make the best meal possible with "whateva you brung." The Northwest Overland Rally takes place July 26th - 29th, so there's not much more time to register! Act Quick!
Sometimes, carrying a huge full-sized DSLR around all day when you're traveling can be exhausting, and often times prohibitive to good photography. "Wait, did he just say a DSLR can be a bad thing for your images?" Yes, I did, because often times when you're tired and just walking around after a long day, the last thing you want to be toting around is your heavy camera, and the best camera is the one you have with you. That is what's perfect with the mirrorless compact revolution that's been happening lately. They provide excellent image quality from massive sensors, but lack the bulk of a traditional DSLR. Prior to today, Canon was one of the only major camera companies to not offer a mirrorless camera. With the launch of their new EOS M, we think it's been worth the wait.
While we know that Land Rover didn't officially name it's utility model the "Defender" until 1991, and prior to that they were referred to by their wheelbase, this 90 is pretty close. It features a 200TDI engine, which was fitted as standard in the newer model Defenders, it also appears to be in pretty decent shape with a variety of good add-ons. The best part is the sale price, for a fraction of what you'd pay for a NAS (North American Specification) Defender with a TDI engine, you could pick this model up and have plenty of money left over for a nice trip, or maybe even an expedition...
Some say...that the Range Rover is built like a tank, but can it outperform the best of the British Military? Watch Jeremy Clarkson attempt to out-manuver a Challenger tank.Oh, and "read more" for part two.
via West County Explorers Club: Leave it to the English, the inventors of the luxury SUV, to push the limits of that vehicle segment into new, outrageous terrain--understatedly outrageous, that is. Bentley's new SUV concept, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, makes a mere Range Rover look positively populist.
It's called the EXP 9F, which—let's be honest— doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. As for the look and feel of it though. That's another story. There's so much style, upon stateliness, upon brawn in this vehicle that it's hard to imagine these disparate elements coming together in any kind of comprehensible way, yet they do. Whether it will make sense as a functional object remains to be seen. I can't imagine hitting the trails with a 600hp, W12 engine, quilted, white, leather seats, 23" wheels, and all-wheel-drive. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing the videos of the first person that does.Rumor has it that it'll be out in 2015. If, in three years, you happen to run into Jay Z on some remote hillside, this is the SUV he'll be driving.
Words by Matthew Scott
Images by Clark White
Trail driving in a Series Land Rover is an interesting experience to say the least...especially when you're out there with modern vehicles. The more "heritage" models require a bit of an oddball personality, and a significant amount of effort to keep up with the things newer models do with ease. Forget the plush luxury ride and wonderful air-conditioning the newer models offer, we're talking about simple things here, like not causing muscle aches, or allowing metric-tons of dust into the cabin. It's all part of the experience though, and a nice day out on the trail with some new friends during the 2012 Arizona Land Rover Rally made it all worth it.