I can’t figure this out.
It’s a J40 Toyota Landcruiser, last in production in 1984. This one looked as if it was brand new. That means it’s been restored, which is not something I’d ever expect of a Toyota. Then there was another curious detail in the surrounding circumstances… an immaculate J80 Land Cruiser stood a few cars up the way.
Toyota made the J80 from 1990 to 1997 and is styled in entirely the same way as a Toyota Corolla. Owners of Range Rovers would not be impressed by the purply-grey mottled velour upholstery or the waxy look of the interior plastics. Anyone would be impressed by the fact it seemed to have been near so much as a deep puddle. I spotted both of these near central Copenhagen which is not the most challenging environment for an off-roader of the calibre of these mighty machines.
And back to that J40: does anyone one know if this car was produced as a long-lived fossil in the manner of the Land Rover or Mercedes G-Wagen? When I spied the shiny, fresh paint and unmarked interior I had the idea it was a retro-production, old engineering still being made because of its unstoppable, simple robustness. Or is it really possible that deep in Copenhagen there is a person with not one but two immaculate Toyota off-roaders that never, ever go off road (or even leave this post-code?).