Is It Worth The Coin?
What's a classic four wheel drive vehicle worth, and for that matter, should it be worth as much as a super car? That's a tough question when you consider all the things a super car can do, things like going fast and.. well, that's pretty much it. When it comes to classic iron four wheel drive trucks and SUV's, we think sometimes they should be worth at least that much!
Obviously some off-road restoration jobs are pretty questionable for the asking price but some of them can put manufactures to shame with the amount of attention to detail in their work. Take Johnathan Ward, owner of Icon 4x4, for instance, the amount of work that he puts into just one of his trucks just boggles the mind. So when we learned that they were selling one of their slightly used Toyota four-door FJ44 Land Cruisers, we knew we had to take a closer look at what makes their trucks so popular.
This particular Spruce Green FJ44 is based off a 1972 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser but the differences between it and the FJ40 are quite evident even upon first glance. The FJ44's wheelbase has been stretched to accommodate the two extra doors for more passenger capacity than the old ones ever had. With all that extra weight, Icon 4x4 needed an engine that was tough as nails but could still provide relative reliability as a daily driver so it's no surprise that they stuffed the FJ44's engine bay with a 6.0L LS2 V8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque to get the big beast moving down the road!
Since rowing your own gears is way more fun than letting a slush-box dictate when shifting should occur, Icon 4x4 installed a five-speed manual transmission which is mated to an Atlas II transfer case for better gearing whether out wheeling tight technical trails or hitting the highway to get there.
Some of the coolest options that Icon integrates into it's custom fleet of FJ44's is a ceramic coated exhaust, heated seating for four with Chilewich textiles, insulated Mercedes canvas soft top (which we imagine is not cheap by any means), LED front & Rear auxiliary lighting, X-Jack, and a full size roof rack with a built in ladder. There are also tons of little time consuming detail items pretty much everywhere you look on the truck. From the billet door handles and foot pedals to the ARB air lockers in the front and rear differentials, no expenses are spared when Icon builds its unique rigs.
If you have deep enough pockets and love classic 4x4's with modern amenities, you can have this very FJ44 for a measly $157,000! Yeah, that's a tough number to swallow. At just about 3 times the cost of a new Ford SVT Raptor, the FJ44 seems like it's quite a bit expensive, that is, until you realize all the work and elbow grease that goes into Icon 4x4's vehicles.
The big question is, is it worth it? That depends - how much are you're willing to spend to have the perfect off road vehicle that can handle pretty much any situation while still looking like a million bucks.. or in this case, 157,000 bucks!