Seventy is an important milestone in anyone’s life and, looking back to 1951 in world affairs, a few significant things were happening, the North Korean offensive pushed beyond the 38th parallel and truce negotiations failed. In the U.S., Congress passes 22nd Amendment, limiting a President to two terms. Stalin at the time claims the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb, and electricity is generated from nuclear power for the first time. In sport, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball and the song ‘Kisses Sweeter than Wine’ tops the charts.
It was also the birth year of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Originally known as the Toyota BJ and intended for military use, it quickly went on to earn an enviable reputation for its go anywhere capability and rugged construction. The Land Cruiser name was coined in 1954 as the model expanded into the civilian market and went head-to-head with the British-built Land Rover.
The number 70 also refers to the long running 70-series of Land Cruiser, which comprises the 76 Station Wagon, 78 Wagon and 79 Bakkie or LCV.
In celebration of the 70-year milestone Toyota SA is releasing a 70th Anniversary edition. The special edition model will be applied to the 79-series single and double-cab variants.
The special edition model gains a unique 70-year emblem affixed to the exterior and on the cotton canvas seat covers. The Toyota ellipse has been replaced by prominent Toyota lettering (similar to the Hilux GR-S and Land Cruiser GR-S) to create a signature look.
A nostalgic touch is the Land Cruiser badge reminiscent of the iconic 40-series, which the celebration model wears proudly on its side doors.
Specification enhancements are:
- Unique grey seat covers with 70th edition embroidery
- Land Cruiser branded floor mats
- Touchscreen audio system with Navigation & Bluetooth
- Heritage-inspired mesh radiator grille with TOYOTA lettering
- Heritage logo on side door
- 70th Anniversary emblem
- Tubular rear step bumper with detachable towbar
- Inner load-bed protector
- Rubberised load bed
- Tubular front steel bumper
- Integrated winch
|Land Cruiser 79 Single Cab 4.5 Diesel V8 70th Edition||R889,700.00|
|Land Cruiser 79 Double Cab 4.5 Diesel V8 70th Edition||R943,100.00|
A 3-year / 100 000 km warranty is included, and service intervals are every 12 months or 10 000 km.