Science Fiction and classic cars? Far fetched? Not when you look at what Legacy Overland does to prepare classic 4X4 cars for the future.
Greenwich, Connecticut USA, a good 50 kilometers northeast of Manhattan, where the metropolis disappears into the rugged nature of the North-Atlantic coast. This is where the icons of 4X4 heritage are revived. Here one rebuilds Landrovers, Range Rovers, Mercedes G-Wagens, but mainly Toyota Land Cruisers, with a passion you won’t find anywhere else. In Connecticut, Legacy Overland builds brand new classics with all the qualities of the original and so much more.
‘Rooted in the mists of the 1970s, Legacy Overland is the culmination of decades of dreaming, obsessing, perfecting and passionate pursuit of living life better.’ They know how to bring their story, over yonder in Connecticut, there is no doubt about that. But that isn’t the only thing they are good at. The craftsmanship they encounter their projects with can only result from true passion. The love that hides in the detailing of these cars goes way beyond restoration, beyond simply pimping or modernising. These cars are ready for another 50 years of convincing customers of their qualities.
The Toyota LandCruiser as everyone knows it, dates back to 1960, with the introduction of the ‘J40’-series. Short and long wheel base, soft top, hardtop, pick-up, you name it, the LandCruiser is all of those. An indestructible six in line petrol engine, four- or six cilinder diesels, a no nonsense chassis and a foolproof 4X4 system, make every LandCruiser a vehicle that can go practically everywhere. A genuine do-it-all. A reputation that made sure this particular model remained in production for 24 years and hasn’t been forgotten since. The Toyota LandCruiser ‘J40’-series is loved with a wide range of users even today. Using it properly, since that is what the LandCruiser is conceived for.
That is what the people at Legacy Overland understand very well. The better-than-new rebuild Toyota’s that leave their workshop are the finished deal. Each part, every panel, screw, washer, everything has been touched, overhauled, replaced. Without dishonoring the original, every Legacy Overland LandCruiser receives a made to measure update. Modern lighting, improved underpinnings, brakes and so on. Air Conditioning? Why not, be sure it will fit the picture. Multimedia with all modern comforts, the most beautiful leather and finish, but most of all, the looks of a true classic LandCruiser ‘J40’-series.
Is it a classic, or is it a new car? Is this restoring with passion for the original, or pimping a classic 4X4? So many people, so many opinions, so many different tastes. One thing however is indisputable, the craftsmanship and the passion of Legacy Overland are absolutely in sync with the basic qualities of the LandCruiser and the trust travelers around the world have had and still have in this toughest of Toyota’s.
Marc GF Zaan