SEMA has seen a bountiful collection of classics – most of them entering the restomod category – and the new FJ Company Signature Edition Land Cruiser, making its debut in Las Vegas, is no different.
In case you have a classic off-roader fix and $200,000 lying around, then you could order one of the 24 examples of the “new” Land Cruiser from the FJ Company, a truly anything but ordinary all-wheel drive machine. Miami’s The FJ Company is introducing the ‘Signature’ edition vehicles, taking care of the restoration part with the same love as before, but also mixing some modern amenities for good taste and increased creature comfort. The project’s first order of business was the full frame-off restoration – the steel body and chassis of the original 1981 FJ43 Land Cruiser has been brought to like-new condition.
It wears an appropriate matte-finished Toyota Dune Beige paint job, along with some bespoke touches – fuel cap cover, and CNC machined aluminum side mirrors painted in Gunmetal Grey. There’s even a classic Warn 8274 winch up front, along with built-in LED fog lights by Baja Designs. Under the hood resides a Toyota 1GR-FE engine, the 4.0-liter V6 good for 240 horsepower and even sporting a Caltech programmable EFI. There’s also a custom suspension and four-wheel disc brakes from a 2017 Toyota 4Runner. A set of Fox shocks paired with Old Man Emu leaf springs take care of the off-roading part.
Move inside and this is where the modern amenities are most obvious – there are unique-designed window levers, door handles, pedals, shifters, and pull knobs, all of them painted Gunmetal Gray. There’s exposed metal for the dash, a custom leather interior, heated Recaro Sportster SC front seats and even an iPad hooked to the Signature Sound System.