Toyota Land Cruiser V8 | High Mile Club


When looking for a High Mile Club gem, the holy grail is the unusual car with out-of-the-ordinary miles – maybe a Ferrari or a McLaren that has driven over 1,000 miles a year, for example. It is the man who bites the territory of the dog, whereas a Toyota that has traveled for miles on a spaceship is a dog that bites the man. It is the everyday. It’s planned. But forgive us our sins, because we couldn’t help but draw your attention to this Toyota Land Cruiser because it has driven 192,000 miles. Even for a Toyota, it’s remarkable. At least it’s the man who nibbles the dog.

Bringing out the old phrase about “how many times around the earth” is a bit trite, I admit, but I never claimed to have much depth, so I will continue anyway: it’s eight times the around the earth and only 38,000 miles from the moon, if I’ve done my math correctly. So it is truly a spaceship, apart from small details as if it never entered orbit.

You might think everything is fine, but £ 23,000 for a Land Cruiser that’s a mosquito probiscis within two hours of the clock is a bit steep when you can buy Land Cruisers from a similar era for less. expensive with less kilometers. That’s right, but they would be – and correct me if I’m wrong, because the Land Cruiser lineup is a minefield – the less swanky versions with a blowing four-cylinder diesel. This is the top-of-the-line J200 with Toyota’s 4.5-liter V8 diesel – Toyota’s first V8 diesel. It had common rail injection and produced 286 hp at 3,600 rpm, backed up by a colossal 479 lb-ft of thrust from just 1,600 rpm. It also comes with a six-speed automatic transmission (with manual override and low range), active four-wheel height control, and adaptive suspension.

What’s remarkable even for a Toyota is how clean it looks inside and out. Granted, the steering wheel is covered with a cover, so we can’t see if it’s threadbare underneath, but judging from the rest of the interior, it seems unlikely. The driver’s seat appears to be showing little signs of use, like everything else inside. Normally you would expect to see the surface of commonly used switches wear out, or the center armrest disintegrate a bit, but no: it’s like he’s leading an enchanted life tinkering on his way home. ‘school.

As much as we love Land Rovers on PH, the Land Cruiser isn’t light when it comes to off-roading either, and even at this mileage I would still pick this example over something from the Midlands if I was. about to leave for the hinterland. I remember a friend of mine going on an African safari and in the party there were two cars: a new Defender, which kept breaking, and an older Land Cruiser, which never faltered. .

So yes, £ 23,000 seems like a disproportionate amount to spend on a car that is 3.4021559 x 10-8 Light years away, but, it seems, the materials they build Land Cruisers with are not of this world. And that makes it interesting, unusual, and definitely worth celebrating. Welcome to the club.


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