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Gavin Green on the indestructible of the Land Cruiser

By Gavin


04 September 2012

Just back from to watch the wildebeest migrate the Serengeti and one of the highlights – along the lounging lions, hyenas into our camp, trumpeting and stalking cheetah (not to numerous flights in little Cessnas from bush – was our Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle.

The Land Cruiser is not understood in Britain. It is too tough, too to have successfully migrated wilderness workhorse to Chelsea It just doesn’t have the of a Discovery 4, let alone the deportment of a Rover. Nor has it challenged the everyday Rover as favoured transport of our farmers. But in its natural milieu – Africa and Australia – it is a marvellous tough, capable and endearingly

Land Cruiser and Land The two doyens

In Tanzania, the two most vehicles I saw to lug tourists on safari the Land Cruiser and the Land (Defender), the doyens of the 4×4 I have spent many of pleasurable (although not always miles driving both – in Africa and Australia.

Our Tanzanian transport was a hardtop safari pop up roof) 70 series (an HJ75, for the Cruiser cognoscenti). Our and guide, George, said it was years old. It was in fact 24 years old, but while age may withered its beauty and inflicted a few scars, it certainly had not dented its

My Land Cruiser bond when I was 16

My fondness for the Land can be traced back to happy experiences, as passions often In my case, it was driving a FJ40 hardtop (beige with a roof) almost 3000 through the Australian outback as a 16 old, L-plates newly The 40 series Land Cruiser one of my all-time favourite vehicles. It is without doubt, one of the toughest ever made. That’s why outdoorsmen still love

I drove the latest UK-spec Cruiser a few months ago in Britain. Land Cruisers have got heavier and – to my eyes, anyway – They’ve lost that simplicity that so distinguished the 40 (a lesson that I hope Rover notes as it seeks to the Defender). They have not abreast of the Discovery – once a time, a rival – in mechanical cabin trim quality or performance. The Discovery can live on the tarmac, while excelling in the Land Cruisers – even the versions – always feel dusty outdoor adventurers, out of in town.

Yet its undisguised toughness is its charm. It is an to ‘crossovers’ and ‘soft roaders’ and all the confused crossbreeds born urban man’s unlikely affair with street-biased which the mass- and German now launch with tiresome and mostly dire results.

The Cruiser, like the Land Defender, is a 4×4, pure and There’s a lot to be said for such unpretentious, single-minded cars.


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