Throwback Thursday: Is this the sweetest V8 FJ LandCruiser ever?

ByDean MellorOctober 15, 2020
Throwback Thursday: Is this the sweetest V8 FJ LandCruiser ever?

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a little different because, in a way, this immaculate old-school Toyota FJ LandCruiser is essentially an all-new vehicle.

That’s right, this week’s Throwback Thursday is a totally revamped Toyota FJ LandCruiser with a stonking 6.2-litre LS V8 under the ‘hood’, built to perfection by the team at ICON in California, USA… and you could win it!

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Yep, that’s a 6.2L LS V8 under there.

This sweet FJ is the major prize in an Omaze charity draw and it comes with US$20,000 just to sweeten the deal, and is even open to Australian residents. You’ll probably need to use some of that cold-hard cash to ship the vehicle back here though.

To the rig itself: the Toyota FJ LandCruiser in question is ICON FJ44 #152, and it runs a 430hp (320kW)/450ft-lb (610Nm) aluminium fuel-injected LS V8, a 4L65E automatic tranny with overdrive, and an Atlas II part-time 4X4 two-speed transfer case. The custom Dynatrac Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles both run ARB Air Lockers and are equipped with ICON Brembo brakes. Oh, and the Cruiser runs on Fox Racing ICON Sport Suspension, ICON New School wheels and BF Goodrich LT285/65R18 All-Terrains.

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Canvas roof and removable door tops.

The interior of the FJ is a sight to behold, with sweet Chilewich trim and seating for six (the front four seats are heated). The Cruiser scores a modern HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, an Elevated Audio system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Focal K2 speakers and reversing camera, and a new but retro-looking instrument binnacle.

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ICON boss Jonathan Ward is renowned for his hatred of plastic, so the Toyota FJ LandCruiser is littered with top-shelf CNC bits and pieces everywhere you look. Other features include door map map pockets, ICON-branded fire extinguisher, fully removable and insulated German canvas soft-top, LED front and rear lighting, AMP Research powered side-steps, a Warn 9.5XI winch, Viking and ARB recovery gear and much, much more!

So what’s it worth? Around US$220k, which is currently more than $300,000 in Aussie coin. If you’re lucky enough to win it, please let us have a drive when you get it back here.