Here’s one I’m not sure about myself.
Back in the 1980s, Jeep threw wood paneling on the side of the Grand Wagoneer SUV. This was all well and good, and people bought them in large numbers, primarily so they could keep a car at their second home in Martha’s Vineyard.
During that time, Toyota also offered wood paneling on the Land Cruiser.
I’ve done a few Google searches and I can’t seem to find anything that really explains it. Was it a factory option? Was it actually wood? Was it dealer installed? And whose idea was it? After all, it seems like a blatant copy of the Grand Wagoneer.
But there are many photos floating around with wood-paneled FJ60 Land Cruisers, which suggests to me it was more than just one guy’s bizarre dream. I think this was a real option, and people ordered it, and they sold quite a few this way.
Does anyone have any more information?