You may not believe it, but the iconic Toyota LandCruiser wagon has now been around for nearly six whole decades and to celebrate the anniversary, Toyota Australia is set to release a special-edition model.
It was in January of 1951 when Toyota unveiled its “Jeep” BJ prototype. The idea was simple: build a Japanese version of the original U.S. Jeep, but with larger proportions and more power. By 1953 the Japanese Jeep, which hand a name change to be called Land Cruiser, went into regular production.
According to Toyota, Australia’s love affair with the LandCruiser is so strong that we are the largest single market for the off-roader. So much so that over 10 percent of all LandCruisers ever built have come to Australia!
Based on the LandCruiser 200 Series GXL, the limited edition anniversary model gains more than $5,000 worth of additional gear.
If you’re after a diesel, the twin turbo v8 special edition model comes with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System ($3,250*) so the extra cost of the additional anniversary edition equipment is just $76.
Meanwhile, if diesel isn’t your thing and you want a V8 petrol, the quad-cam petrol V8 LandCruiser anniversary editions retail for $79,990.
The anniversary editions come with bluetooth connectivity, now running through a touch-screen system with satellite navigation. The system will also take four CDs at once. Additional interior changes include a more premium steering wheel and shift lever.
From the outside you can spot a limited edition thanks to its silver roof rails and special 60th anniversary badges. If you really want to show of the car’s uniqueness, you can even chose a limited edition “Shimmer Blue” colour which is only available for this variant. Crystal Pearl or Graphite colours are also available.