We've seen it all. Well, books about it all, anyway. Books about engines and drivetrains and places to 'wheel and vehicle-specific publications - you name it, we've read it. Or, at least, we thought we had. Upon a trip to Specter Off-Road in Chatsworth, California, we discovered a book on the company's counter, which we'd yet to experience. Appropriate to Specter's product line, it was a book about Toyota Land Cruisers, and we quickly realized it was just about the most detailed and completely documented Land Cruiser history ever.
The book, titled The Land Cruiser: Special Issue of 50th Anniversary, 1951-2001, features everything and anything you've ever desired to know about the Toyota Land Cruiser. From notes on its origins, including an account from the late Hanji Umehara - a former managing director of Toyota Motor Corporation and the man credited with naming the vehicle Land Cruiser - to year-to-year vehicle specifications, the book offers more information than you can imagine. The authors go on to detail the Land Cruiser's place throughout the world in industrial and recreational capacities, from Southeast Asia to Africa and South America, where a cousin of the FJ40, the Toyota Bandeirante, is still produced in Brazil. If you're a Land Cruiser owner, or just want to know more about the 'Cruiser's lifeline, you owe it to yourself to check this book out.
Further Facts: The Land Cruiser: Special Issue of 50th Anniversary, 1951-2001 is published by 4x4 Magazine Co. and is available through Specter Off-Road, Dept. 4WDSU, 21600 Nordhoff St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, (818) 882-1238, www.sor.com.