Toyota's luxurious all-terrain Land Cruiser just turned 60. The occasion has made all of us at Bill Penney Toyota in Huntsville, AL a little nostalgic. So, in honor of the Land Cruiser's big birthday, we're going to flash back in time.
Looking at Toyota's latest Land Cruiser now, you might not know that this go-anywhere vehicle was originally developed for intensive military use under the nameplate Toyota BJ. And by being the first vehicle ever to ascend the sixth hill station on Mt. Fuji (2,500 meters), it proved it had the intensity to navigate even the most challenging terrain.
In 1954, Toyota changed the BJ nameplate to Land Cruiser. Since that change, five-million of these iconic trucks have been sold worldwide.
From the 50s to present day, the Toyota Land Rover has experienced many evolutions, from the BJ to the FJ to the 20 Series to the 200 Series. With each new generation, the vehicle has gained many additional levels of luxury. So many so that it's hard to see that the original BJ is an ancestor to Toyota's latest iteration of the Land Cruiser.
Now 60 years from its original launch model, the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 is stronger than ever. Marking the celebration with much deserved pomp and circumstance, the new Land Cruiser 60th Anniversary model takes its position at the top of the model range for 2011, adding lots of extra features to the LC5 model it replaces. The Land Cruiser V8 60th Anniversary is joining in on the fun as well outfitted with an impressive package of added premium features.