ARB’s Off Road Icons Announced
This year, ARB is celebrating their 40th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, ARB asked fans to select the most iconic 4wd vehicles from the last 40 years. Then after the votes were cast, they set out to find the best example of each and restore them before pitting them against each other in the Simpson desert.
So what 4wds have made the prestigious list?
First up, the ever-reliable, classic, FJ40. A true workhorse in every sense, the FJ40 is still sought after, even though production ended in 1984. With over a million sold worldwide (and over 120,000 sold in Australia alone), it’s easy to see why the 40 made the cut.
Next up is the GQ Patrol, Australia’s most popular large 4wd, making it an obvious fan favorite. While the GQ has been out of production since 1997, the Y60 GQ platform is still being used as a military vehicle in some countries.
The third icon is the Toyota Highlux, specifically the fifth generation for its live axle front suspension. The Highlux was built for reliability with comfort, (the “lux” does stand for luxury after all) and remains Europes best selling pickup.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that rounding out the list is the Land Rover Defender. You simply can’t have a list of iconic 4wds without it. The addition of coil springs is what elevated the Defender from bare-bones utility vehicle to something that was actually comfortable to drive both on and off the trail.
That was going to be the end of the list, but then fans from the U.S. insisted that one more vehicle be added to the list-the Jeep TJ. Love them or hate them, the TJ is definitely an icon, especially in the U.S. No other vehicle can compare to the TJ’s crawling and flex capabilities and deserves a spot on the list.
What 4×4 would you want to see on the Icon List?
Check out the project vehicles progress at ARB