1974 FJ40L FST
An unrestored example of a 1974 factory soft-top. 1975 was officially the last year for the factory soft top in the United States and they are quite rare. This 1974 year model was manufactured in November of 1974, placing in near the end of production.
Major differences between 1974 and 1975 models include:
- Engine change from "F" to "2F".
- Larger multi-function front turn signal lamps and elimination of stand alone side markers on the fender aprons.
- Windshield wipers moved from the top of the windshield to the bottom.
Most people who fell in love with the Land Cruiser fell in love with a J4. After achieving an international reputation with the J2/J3, Toyota embarked on a redesign process that resulted in an iconic and memorable look that would define Land Cruiser for the next two decades. Initially, the J4 simply offered a slightly different wheelbase than the previous production model.
By the end of the production run, the J4 models boasted four different wheelbase lengths. There was a “short” length, similar to the original model and typically sporting a soft top. The “medium” model was used for a short-lived station wagon model that was replaced by a different production model after a few years. The “long” wheelbase model also had a short life as it was supplanted by the wildly popular “super long” wheelbase. The “super long” started out as a troop transport, but became popular in rural areas throughout Africa, Australia, the Americas and Asia, where they were used for camping, public transportation, and more.