By Scott Brady
Our 'new' Land Cruiser
My affection for the 70 Series Land Cruiser has been well documented on ExPo, a vehicle I consider to be one of the best overland platforms ever constructed. In late 2011, our team began searching for a 70 series that would serve as a personnel hauler and adventure vehicle to augment our staff vehicles. There are a few challenges in doing this, principally the rarity of these vehicles in the US. The other challenge is the expansive model line-up that spans 25+ years and dozens of models. We are currently using two 78s for an around-the-world expedition, but I wanted something slightly more civilized for daily transport. This led our search to the first generation Prado Land Cruiser, which was based on both the 70 series and HiLux platforms. We selected an LJ78 SX, which is the long-wheelbase variant.