At the Quail Lodge Auction followed by Bonhams there will also be a car linked to a very famous Hollywood actor. On August 13, 2021, a 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Hardtop, which belonged to Tom Hanks, will go on sale. The car, valued at between 64,000 and 110,000 euros, is signed by the actor; received a complete overhaul, with some ad hoc updates, for a Vortec V6 4.3 liter General Motors engine it also mounts a 5-speed manual transmission again from GM. And of course it is a car with an unmistakably off-road style, unlike the lounges found in current off-road vehicles.
Tom Hanks doesn’t just like typewriters, after all. This Toyota was commissioned by him to drive safely both on the highway and off-road. The drivetrain features all the popular Toyota FJ features with all-wheel drive, Warn front hubs, brake booster and power steering. The stock suspension has been reinforced. The interior features electrically operated Porsche high-back seats (original seats are included). Infotainment? Of course: there’s a Sony AM-FM cassette stereo with extra speakers in the back. Given its ‘Californian’ childhood, the car has air conditioning to complement the factory heating.
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The exterior is rustic green with a white painted roof. The Porsche seats are black while the original front seats and fold-down rear seats are in gray Toyota leatherette. Professionally built and maintained, Tom Hanks’ FJ40 is an off-roader “Robust, perfectly usable and good looking“, According to Bonhams. According to the actor, the Land Cruiser was used, but not abused. So it is certainly an interesting object in an auction with a very high number of lots. The fact that it belonged to such a globally famous Hollywood actor will certainly not make it cheap, but it will certainly hold great value even as a simple collector’s car.