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LIFE SAVER

A Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series Built For The Adventure of Life
IMAGES BY IAN BOSTROM

For some, a fully built, extremely capable off-road vehicle is a necessary tool to get themselves and their tools from one place to another. For someone else, it can be a symbol of freedom and a conveyance that takes them to new adventures. For the owner of this Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series, this vehicle was a life saver, and we’re not speaking metaphorically, we’ll get into that a bit more later.

According to its owners, Chris and Shauna Wood of Woodland, Washington, the Land Cruiser you see before you has been called the “most built out 200 series in North America” and has gained worldwide attention from Australia, Africa and other countries due to the quality of the build. That’s saying a lot since the Land Cruiser following is one of the strongest in the world. We were recently at the Toyo Tires Trailpass overland event in Hood River, Oregon, and can attest that this SUV was a true head turner from the many reactions we saw it get from casual spectators and industry insiders alike.

This Land Cruiser was built as a purpose- built adventure vehicle, not a daily driver. The entire process from selecting the vehicle to deciding what they wanted to do with it to completing the build took well over a year. Chris initially wanted a Jeep build, but upon further research, he found that long expedition travel wasn’t done much in Jeeps. The Land Cruiser, however, was a proven world platform that has maintenance parts available in most countries. It was then that he decided long distance travel in the Land Cruiser was a better fit for him and his family.

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