Land Cruiser (BJ)

Released date : 1951/ 8/ 1

body type

Sports Utility Vehicle


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  • Specification
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Grade Toyota BJ
Model type
Model type BJ
Curb mass(kg) 1425
Dimensions Length(mm) 3793
Width(mm) 1575
Height(mm) 1900
Wheelbase(mm) 2400
Engine Engine code B
Engine type In-line 6-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 3386
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/85/3200
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are BJ(3400).
The Toyota Jeep BJ was originally developed for use by the National Police Reserve (today's Japan Ground Self-Defense Force) in 1951. The chassis of the Model SB small truck was modified for a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, and was fitted with a 3,400 cc 6-cylinder Type B gasoline engine that had powered the Model AA and AC passenger cars.

Although the Toyota Jeep BJ's large-displacement engine assured its superiority performance, the National Police Reserve ended up choosing the Mitsubishi Jeep (a licensed production version of the North American Willys Jeep) because the latter had a more extensive track record. Accordingly, the Toyota Jeep was converted for civilian use and went into volume production in 1953.

As the Jeep name was a trade mark of Willys-Overland Motors, Toyota changed the vehicle name to the Land Cruiser in June 1954.
Plant Koromo plant(now Honsha plant)
The meaning is the same as in English.

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