This 1977 FJ40 has been with the same owner for the last 20 years, and has received significant investment in practical upgrades to make the car the perfect weekend cruiser for the short-wheelbase enthusiast. The current owner is regrettably offering the vehicle for sale, having covered only 3,500km since the engine was replaced with a new 350ci unit in 2006.
This cruiser is offered with full NSW registration expiring on 26 February 2019, and is in excellent roadworthy condition, seeking a new owner who will appreciate the time, energy and dollars that have been put into the car over the last two decades.
An engineer complied 350 Chev is currently fitted, with a Holley carburetor, and power sent through a 5-speed manual gearbox with additional Fairey overdrive gears making for relaxing highway cruising whilst retaining the classic bottom-end FJ40 4X4 capability. The engine runs very smoothly, with all 4WD gear connected and working well. The car also has power steering and a power clutch fitted for ease of driving.
In 2006 the car received a replacement engine (receipts can be provided). Since then, only 3,500km have been covered. The engine operates with dual-fuel through the addition of twin 80-litre (150 useable litres) stainless steel LPG tanks in the rear cabin (in addition to the 100L petrol tank). This provides excellent range for those long weekend trips.
The brakes and suspension have also received significant upgrades. Front discs are fitted, and the larger diameter front drum brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels. Load variable shock absorbers have been installed in the rear, allowing pressure to be increased under heavy loads or to suit the driving conditions.
The car also received brand new rear axles in July 2018, and sits on near new 16 X 8 GT 8-pot alloys with barely used Light Truck 285/75 R16 Hankook DynaPro MT tyres (including the spare).
- Body and chassis
The history of this vehicle is not straightforward. The chassis and running gear are from a 1975 vehicle, with the body from 1977. At great cost in 2006, a good straight 1977 body was sourced and taken off its chassis. The shell was then fully submerged in a caustic acid then a phosphoric acid dip to kill all and any rust inside and out. The condition of the undercarriage is a testament to this, and having been garaged all its life the body remains very well preserved.
Following the acid dip, body work was completed to adapt the owner’s preferred rear barn-doors to enhance accessibility (originally the vehicle had the lower barn-doors and upper hatch). The factory mild steel bolts fitted throughought the body were all replaced with stainless steel bolts, to prevent any future rust outbreaks. It then received a 2-pak paint job of gloss black with burgundy accents. The body was then put back on the chassis with the V8 driveline and various upgrades. Although there are some minor scratches and blemishes around the body, the paint retains and excellent shine, and only small touch ups would be necessary.
The vehicle is currently fitted with a light-weight aluminium bull-bar (with Narva spotlights), and towbar. All electrics are hooked up and working.
The seat trim has been very well preserved for its age, with the current owner having always fitted seat covers to the original bench seat. Examples of the cloth condition can be seen in the images, with very limited wear to the seat bolsters or bases.
Custom-cut rubber floor mats are fitted to the front floor-pans and rear deck sitting on top of the metal, providing for great protection and easy cleaning. The floors are all in excellent condition. In the rear, neat side benches have been custom built to house the twin LPG tanks, which sit nicely on either side of the rear deck, with plenty of space in the centre for luggage.
The cruiser comes with a large number of spare parts and extras as part of the price. This includes a water pump, 2 front brake rotors, 4 front brake pads, 4 rear drum brake shoes, 2 rear shocks, Chev vacuum advance, 2 new distributor caps, tail lights, headlamps and more.
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One of only 1,052 E86 M coupes built in right hand drive (and one of only 103 delivered new to Australia), this example is all original and hasn't event hit 100,000 km in its 14 years. It is of course fitted with the legendary S54 engine (the same as fitted to the M3 CSL), providing extraordinary power to weight (252kw in a car that weighs only 1,395kg!).
The car is in immaculate condition, with a full service history, and finished in its original Space Grey Metallic, with black trim. Fewer and fewer original clean examples come up for sale these days, and prices are expected to get stronger for these rare “M” cars, which already have a big global following.
There are very few currently available for sale in Australia. There is nothing to spend on this example - buy to enjoy, or as a modern classic investment. Inspections welcome, for further information about this very unique collector car, please login to contact Anthony by clicking the “contact seller” button at the top of this page.
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legendary S54 engine same as M3 CSL
fewer and fewer clean ones available compared to a year ago, can only continue to go up in value for these unique collectible cars
Only 75 of these were brought to Australia as part of a small Homologation exercise, and we've written about these as modern classics around 7 years ago - and over that time it seems values have staggeringly increased.
This example is advertised through the Classic Throttle Shop in North Sydney. CHeck out the link here on carsales: https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1994-toyota-celica-gt4-manual-4wd/OAG-AD-18597121/?Cr=0
Up for sale in South Africa is this very original 1275 E, with only 40,000 original kilometres. This car is in excellent original condition, and it would be hard to find another like it. Its burnt orange paint presents extremely well for original 80s paint, and inside it's been hardly used.
Introduced in 1980, the 1275E model was a popular early 80s mini, selling approximately 10,000 units over its production run which ended at the same time as local South African production of the mini ended. Fitted standard with the larger capacity 1275cc engine, producing 42kw, these cars are a comfortable classic ride with plenty of power considering their light weight.
This is an interesting piece of Mini history, and South African motoring history which we hope to see preserved by the next lucky owner.
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Good to see such an original car - again spotted in NZ where quite a few were imported. The precurser to the Evo, and a very competent rally car, the Galant VR-4 is a real future classic straight out of Group A, and is one of the lesser known alternatives to the big names. This example was spotted on trademe.co.nz and we just had to add it to the register here - a beautifully kept original example with very low km for the age.
If you';ve got a E39 VR-4, sign up and add yours.
Late model example of the GT Four, imported to NZ. These cars were banned from the WRC in 1995 due to an illegal turbo part being used. WHat could have been - perhaps would have seen the WRX and Evo out of business if earlier celica performance was anything to go by... Awesome cars, and very low production numbers globally. If you've got one, please add ybours to the register.
Very cool hardtop Corona advertised on trademe NZ, Not exactly sure of the series, so I have guessed the title, bu it's a 1973 model, with a heap of work done, and at the time it was advertised on Trademe NZ, was asking $30,000 NZD. Not many of these around any more.