In the United States at least, the only way we can get a number of heavy-hitting overland vehicles is by taking advantage of the 25 year EPA and DOT import exemption. This means if a vehicle is over 25 years old, the Government doesn't care if you bring it into the country, and they let you register it—legally. You'll notice that the Land Rover Defender gets a lions-share of publicity when it comes to importing rare 4wd's, and for some odd reason, the 70 series Land Cruiser gets almost no attention. I rarely see the vehicles being imported even though it's totally legal to do so for the older models now. Here's one of the first 70 series Land Cruiser's I've seen in a while for sale that has been legally imported and registered in the United States.
It's a 1985 BJ70, with the slow, but durable 3B diesel engine, and it's covered roughly 162,000 miles. With a Buy It Now of $21,500.00 do you think it's a good deal? Tell us below in the comments.
Here's what the seller has to say about the vehicle:
You are bidding on my 1985 Toyota BJ70 Land Cruiser. No doubt if you found this ad you already know about the rarity of this left-hand drive diesel Land Cruiser in the US. Replacing the venerable FJ40, after its US and Canadian production run stopped in 1984, was the BJ70 Land Cruiser. Unfortunately, for US residents Toyota decided that we would be happy with just a Land Cruiser wagon from then on, leaving us without a short wheelbase workhorse. Additionally, a diesel engine was never an option for us in the US either. I have owned this Land Cruiser for the past 3 years and have put minimal mileage on it using it only for a few mild trail rides. I have only put about 5,000 kilometers (~3100 miles) on the truck in the 3 years I've owned it. It currentlky has just under 261,000 kilometers (~162,000 miles) on it. I am a Land Cruiser/Toyota enthusiast with a few others currently in my stable. I am selling the BJ70 because I am currently pursuing some desert racing aspirations and just don't use the truck enough. The sale will also help to fund a pre-runner/chase truck for my desert racing team.
The BJ70 runs perfectly and starts in the coldest of temps. The 3B engine is not going to win you any races on the street, but that's not what it was built for. It will idle up hills and obstacles with ease and scare you at how steep it will climb. I imported the truck to the US from Canada through an authorized importer, and have paperwork. The truck is very clean for a Canadian vehicle but does have a few very slight areas of rust on the body that should be taken care of before too long to preserve its great condition. The frame was blasted and coated; it is very clean with no rust issues. The truck was originally black but the previous owner had it painted white, which helps with the truck's lack of A/C. The paint job is good quality and the only places you can tell it is a repaint are in the doorjambs (where it is still black) and some very slight over spray on the window rubber here and there.
The interior is in good shape with the original carpet showing some wear and stains but no holes or wear-through. The seats are from a Canadian spec FJ80 series Land Cruiser and are custom mounted on the original BJ70 suspension seat frames. The seats are a suede-like alcantara material and are heated, although not hooked up. The dash is very clean with one slight imperfection shown in the photos. The factory stereo was replaced with an Alpine CD head unit with iPod hookup and Sirius satellite radio. It could use some rear speakers for better sound.
The BJ70 is legally registered in White Pine County, Nevada where I live. Transfer to your state should be pretty straightforward, although California may be difficult, please do your homework. The vehicle is currently in Salt Lake City, Utah for ease of shipping or pickup through SLC international airport. I can make arrangements for you to be picked up at the airport if needed.
- 1985 BJ70 Land Cruiser
- Left hand Drive – 12 Volt
- 3B 3.4 liter 4 cylinder diesel engine
- Safari Snorkel
- H55F 5 Speed Manual transmission
- 2 speed direct shift transfer case
- 4:11 gears with a Lock-Right locker in the rear
- 2.5 inch Old Man Emu spring lift
- Greasable spring pins and anti-inversion shackles
- Old Man Emu Shocks
- ARB Winch Bumper
- Warn 8274 winch
- Hella Rallye 4000 Metal lights
- 285 75 16 BF Goodrich Mud Terrains
- 16x8 Eagle Alloy Wheels
Records and maintenance
I have about an inch thick of receipts and work orders from the previous owners that show transmission and transfer case rebuilds, regular oil changes, batteries, tires, brakes, brake and clutch master cylinder replacements, and all other type of regular maintenance. This vehicle appears to have had conscientious owners who took good care of it. I will also include a factory service manual for the 3B engine.
I have the original purchase agreement from when the BJ70 was first purchased in 1985. Interestingly the original purchaser traded in his 1980 BJ42 Land Cruiser on the BJ70. The original owners manual is also included.
I have tried to represent this truck as honestly as possible but I understand people have differing opinions of the condition of a given vehicle. This BJ70 is not a showroom new truck but it is not a typical Canadian rust-bucket either. I believe it is a completely solid and almost rust free truck that is capable of giving you as many years of wonderful service as you care for. I don't have any doubts of it being able to travel any distance you are willing to drive it. As far as I can tell everything on the truck works as it is supposed to, both electrical and mechanical. I have also tried to capture all angles and aspects of the truck's condition in photos but I would be happy to take any photos of specifics that you would like; just message me through the eBay "Ask a question" link in the Seller info box.