Toyota's six decades of Cruising

2011-10-04 11:56

In an effort to celebrate six decades of Land Rover rivalry, Toyota South Africa’s released a range of 60th anniversary Land Cruisers.

Most of the Land Cruiser range (200VX, Prado TX and the hardcore 76 and 79-series, although not the recently launched FJ) gain slight cosmetic upgrades to celebrate six decades of off-roading excellence.

Model for model the 60th Edition upgrades are slight.

The range-topping 200-series Land Cruiser receives chrome garnish around the rear number plate as well as moulded side steps (and scuff plates), whilst its cabin is embellished with 60th Edition insignia.

Available only in pearl white metallic, Land Cruiser 200 60th Edition will be limited to only 60 units - all of which are to be powered by the 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel.


If you are a Prado enthusiast keen on getting in on the 60th Edition celebrations, 120 TX (lower-grade) Prado models will be embellished with a similar level of specification to 200 series as a precursor to a new five-speed manual TX-grade Prado 3-litre D4-D due to be released by December 2011.

For those who think the only real Land Cruiser is one with solid-axle front suspension, Toyota’s marketing department’s already dispatched 200 76- and 79-series Land Cruiser bakkie and wagon derivatives to dealers, with another 240 60th Edition 70—series vehicles being kept in reserve for October.

Beyond the eye-popping 60th Edition red colour option, these solid front-axle ‘Cruisers feature leather seats with 60th Edition logos (although we suspect most owners will fit seat cover anyhow), SatNav, aluminium side steps and bumper accents as well as iPod connectivity.

  • Gazzafish - 2011-10-04 15:31

    60 years of being pulled out of the mud by Land Rovers!!

      Ralph Long - 2011-10-05 07:26

      In your dreams.

      jaunnas - 2011-10-05 07:30

      I can't believe there are people that actually think that a Land Rover is in any way competition for a LAND CRUISER...

      Mebob - 2011-10-05 07:54

      I have yet to see that.

      LK - 2011-10-05 12:10

      Land Rovers can not get stuck in the mud, they break down before they get there. Or they get stuck in all the oil they leak.

      Tuinman - 2011-10-05 13:29

      A Cruiser is always the first vehicle in the scrapyard... it is towing in a Land Rover!

      Kev47 - 2011-10-05 16:49

      I have just entered a competition in a motoring mag... second prize is a Land Rover, and first prize is half a sheep.

  • TP - 2011-10-05 08:25

    My mom just sold her Discovery for a Prado after the things air suspension collapsed the second time this year. She bought it brand new last December. The electronic handbrake will lock up sometimes when she's parked then she has to wait, sometimes for hours for the thing to decide to let go. The wiper blew off on the highway on day too. Land Rovers especially Discovery's I'd stay away from.

  • Bemused - 2011-10-05 09:57

    Every year there is a competition between the Cruiser and the Land Rover brands called the Cruiver competition. I have yet to see a Cruiser win.

      TP - 2011-10-06 08:15

      What is it, over two pavements in Sandton. Fact is go to any African Country or the Middle east. What do they drive, Landcruisers and Nissan Patrols. Because they last, and those guys drive them like they stole them, especially those camel jockeys. Go check on youtube, and search for arabs driving cruisers on two wheels on the highway.

  • kirk.bygate - 2011-10-05 11:30

    Please never call the 79 series 'hardcore', hardcore crap maybe. I own 4 of them and they are the softest Cruiser I've owned.

      LK - 2011-10-05 13:02

      Go count all your cruisers again, you may own 6 by now.....lol

  • Stoffels - 2011-10-05 12:38

    Nissan's Patrol also turns 60 this year. They add a luggage room tray, waterproof GPS/Navigation system, bull-bar, spot lights, snorkel, "Adventurer 60" logos, canvas seat covers and 17” tires. Also included is a full recovery kit to help the non-Patrol drivers out of the mud ;-) Pricing remains the same, meaning less than a Cruiser...

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-10-05 15:22

    As Stoffels said it was the Nissan Patrol's 60th Anniversary recently. Now that is an awesome 4x4...

  • Owen - 2011-10-05 17:00

    Land Rover They say 90% of all Land Rovers manufactured is still on the road. The other 10% have reached their destination. All Land Rovers are like women - They moan on long journey's, embarrass you in front of friends and you spend more money than you ever expected once you've committed yourself to one. Police officers shake your hand when they issue you a speeding ticket Why do most Defenders have jerry cans and gas bottles fitted? So that the driver can make coffee while waiting for road assistance Landy's have the best fuel consumption of all 4x4's. That's because they are always being towed by something else. Why do LR's always drive in convoy? The are playing 'Who's the weakest Link' I always wondered why they called their models, a Series 90, Defender 110 etc. But this weekend I found out, those numbers in the model name are the top speeds.

  • AnTiyota - 2011-10-10 14:26

    TOYOTA = Totally Ordinary Yet Overrated Traveling Appliance

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