One of the coolest things about the FJ40/J70 Franken-Cruiser from the Tokyo Auto Salon was how it looked. It was indistinguishable from a classic FJ40 to all but the most dedicated Land Cruiser enthusiasts. Yet it rode on a modern (well, as modern as a J70 can be) chassis and drivetrain. What other cars can you combine to create your ultimate dream machine? In the real world you’d have wheelbase and packaging issues, but let’s pretend those can be solved by magic. Your Nissan Figaro will look exactly the same as its factory counterpart but will drive like a GT-R.
If you could magically merge the body of one car with the hardware of another, what would you choose?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What JNC is perfect for any occasion?“.
Interestingly, the answers from last week fell into a handful of distinct categories. For some, AWD Mitsubishis and Subarus were the best all-arounders. Joe Villani thought any 90s Triple-Diamond would suffice, while Mitsubishi Magna chose a Lan Evo specifically. Then you had your Subaru wagon contingent, with Jim Daniels opting for a Legacy GT 5-speed and Lakdasa selecting a Forester.
Sporty sedans had their share of advocates. Taylor C. made a strong case for the Accord Euro R. MikeRL411 settled on an Infiniti J30t. Nigel said any combo of X90 or X100 and Mark II or Cresta or Chaser would do. Fashion Victim simply chopped off two doors and went with the Z20 Soarer.
The last category was comprised of Land Cruisers for their go-anywhere capabilities. Ian G chose the very car that inspired this week’s QotW, an FJ40 on J70 chassis. Azfer made a compelling argument for the Land Cruiser 80/Lexus LX450. Ultimately the winner was Jim Klein, who states this case for the Lexus LX470: