The years immediately following WWII had to have been impossibly difficult for a devastated nation like Japan. Reduced to rubble and humbled by defeat, the Japanese quickly set to work rebuilding from scratch. One of the items on their list of must-haves was reliable, durable transportation. Employing designs borrowed heavily from American-made military Jeeps, a legend was born––the Toyota Land Cruiser. For most of us in North America, the first introduction to the Land Cruiser came in the form of the FJ40, a vehicle that even today is revered with a recent auction having sold a pristine 1977 FJ40 for over $100,000. Vintage Land Cruisers of that quality are obviously rare, but that’s not to say you can’t part with your own not-so-small fortune and drive away with a Land Cruiser. Today’s variant has a base list price of $80,000 which is piles of cash more than the original, even compensating for inflation. It begs the question, what was the Land Cruiser like then, and what is it now?