1970s / Japanese / Toyota

Driven seasonally: Toyota FJ-40

toyota-fj-40-snow-plow-13Mountain resorts offer more than a scenic getaway from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Decades-old work trucks fitted with a snow plow are often hidden out of sight behind businesses and taken out a handful of times a year to ensure hassle-free parking for customers.

In the United States, many of these snow plows are General Motors and Ford pickups or clapped out Jeep CJs but there are a few Toyotas FJ-40 still lurking in the shadows behind buildings and warehouses. We photographed the one below in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a small town located in the western part of the state. It appears to serve as the de-facto snow plow for a small strip mall.

The body blurs the line between patina and worrisome rust. The original green paint has a beautiful aged look to it but the rear wheel arches and both rocker panels are rusted through. Old Toyotas are notorious for corrosion and this one has fared fairly well considering its vocation.

The fate of vintage snow plows differs from vehicle to vehicle. While some are eventually separated from their plow and are sold off to collectors who coax them back into daily use, others are simply driven into the ground, junked and replaced by another work truck.

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