Auction Block: 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

In our time, we’ve seen plenty of Frankenstein jobs done to vehicles. And most of them are as monstrous as Mary Shelly’s iconic creature. But, every once in a while, we come across one that’s not only well-done, but also tasteful and honestly desirable. That’s the case with this 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser up for auction on BringaTrailer.

From the outside, this looks like a perfectly good example of one of Toyota’s classic SUVs. And we like that about it. But we also like what the previous owner did under the hood: swap out the stock engine for a more powerful Pace Performance 310 horsepower V8 engine. And, although it’s got more power, it still functions via a 4-speed gearbox, thanks to the inclusion of an adapter plate. We’re also quite fond of the fact that this Land Cruiser is a convertible. Yes, the hard top can be entirely removed for when you want to turn your daily driver into a summer-ready beach cruiser. As of right now, the current bid sits at $12,000 – but don’t expect it to stay there.

Purchase: $12,000+