The Suzuki Jimny is one of the coolest SUVs to debut in recent years. With its true body-on-frame construction, transfer case, and low-range, it’s mor of a true off-roader than most of the bigger, tough-looking crossovers on the market today. Plus, with a starting price of ¥1,458,000 ($13,400 USD), you can afford to have fun with it. That’s exactly what one company did at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, when they dressed one up as a Toyota Land Cruiser.
Specifically, the Jimny is made to look like a 70-series Land Cruiser, a body style so beloved it was briefly brought back into production in Japan in 2014. The chrome grille even comes with a “TOYOTA” logo embedded within. And if you look closely at the painted steelies, the old school katakana Toyota logo adorns the center caps. Naturally, it sports the Land Cruiser’s white roof, as well as the old “4-Wheel Drive” emblem on the rear door.
Very little information was provided, and in fact the car doesn’t even appear on the official TAS roster. The license plate indicates that it was built by a shop called Ladder Frame Factory, which is part of Gunma Toyota dealerships. Incidentally, that’s an FJ40 model car on the hood.