1973 Toyota Land Cruiser
I've been a Land Cruiser junkie since my dad brought home our first FJ40 in 1980. I've always been drawn to the early FJ55 Wagons, also known as "Iron Pigs." Problem is they are notorious rusters with famously fragile interiors. Finding one with no rust and its original interior is nearly impossible. However, after a two decade-plus search I stumbled upon this gem. And it only took me another two years to actually own it. It is a 1973 with its completely original (factory applied) paint and interior and just over 40,000 original miles. Driving it is like stepping back in time and experiencing a brand-new FJ55. It is amazing what a difference the longer wheelbase makes to ride quality versus an FJ40, and lowering all the windows including the power tailgate glass makes it like driving your porch on a nice breezy day. And, as far as porches go, it is a mid-pack performer. It's also always a hit when this little Piggy gets dressed up as Rudolph and makes an appearance at the annual Santa Rampage here in Milwaukee- or hauls our Christmas tree home.