Which Would You Buy: Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser?
Recently we snuck a peek at some of the last Land Rover Defenders to roll off JLR's Solihull production lines, and that made us a bit sad. So we did what any grieving 4x4 devotee does: we hit the Interwebs and looked for used Defenders for sale. It did the trick. We found quite a nice one; this tan-on-brown 1984 Land Rover Defender 110. Moments later, we stumbled across its arch nemesis, a ruggedly capable Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60. Uh oh, better hide the credit cards. If it were your money, which dependable 4x4 would you buy? RELATED: Toyota brought the retro Land Cruiser 70 Series back to Japan The venerable Defender evolved from and subsequently replaced the vaunted Land Rover Series 4x4s in 1983, and the Defender 110 (denoting its 110-inch wheelbase) led that charge. Land Rover's new ute fitted coil springs and full-time four-wheel-drive, lending more off-road capability when the going got tough. Thankfully those iconic lines changed little. This Defender 110 can play our hearts like a harp string. The UK-spec truck sports right-hand-drive, a claimed 70,000 miles on the odometer, a fresh restoration, and a built-bush-tough safari rack. The seller notes that they lived in the United Kingdom for two years and upon moving back, brought the Defender with them. Under the hood lies the ubiquitous 3.5-liter Rover V8, good for 113 mid-1980s horsepowers. RELATED: Take a closer look at the iconic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Weren't a 'Rover' fan? Perhaps Toyota's FJ60 was more your speed. The 60 Series made its global debut in 1980, and unsurprisingly you still see quite a few of these workhorses ambling around. Available solely in four-door wagon style, the FJ60 seated up to seven and fitted a few more creature comforts than its FJ55 precursor. Up front, the Land Cruiser 4.2-liter straight-six stood tall at 135 horsepower. This deep blue '87 model sports a recent restoration and a 3-inch Old Man Emu lift kit – from eBay to the trails in one fell swoop! The seller states that the drivetrain, carburetor, and rebuilt motor all function up to snuff, as do the meaty 33 inch BFG mud terrain tires underneath. Our only quibble? The front bumper wears chrome, the back is painted black. Which will it be, Internet? Let us know in the comments below. It's hard to go wrong with either! RELATED: Check out the 2015 Land Rover Defender Limited Edition ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide