1991 Toyota Hilux Truck
The Toyota Hilux pickup is considered by many to be the most indestructible truck ever produced. We would tend to agree based on testing conducted both on YouTube and the British Broadcasting Channel, and this 1991 is turn-key ready to rock! Refinished in one-off Lunar Gray, the body is in good nick aside from some small dings. The OEM roll bar, OEM rainguards, new Raptr bedliner, and 16" wheel upgrade are subtle, but add some nice visual impact to an already stellar-looking truck. Powered by a stout diesel engine and bolstered by a trusty 4x4 system, this quad cab beast is fresh off a recent service. Offered with only 121k verified and documented miles, this stunning Toyota would be an incredible beach cruiser, trail warrior, or daily driver. For those who value durability, practicality, and collectibility this rare pickup is a certified Japanese Classic.
The simple and spartan design of the cabin harkens back to a time before massive touchscreens and loads of buttons were commonplace. Toyota made sure this Hilux had all the basics and even saw fit to add an air conditioner. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and this tall truck rides far above traffic. Unlike many of these we see, the dash remains uncracked and hasn't been affected by any weather-related fading or distortion. The locks and windows are manual, which is one less thing to break, and the driver receives an adjustable steering column and a Land Cruiser steering wheel upgrade. The mirrors are electric and work as advertised, and a Carrozzeria head unit upgrade was performed at some point in Japan. The audio system does operate and can be used to tune out that trademark diesel clatter if you have a long trip or commute planned. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood major wear as has the upholstery. The gray cloth is still soft to the touch and lacks and major rips, stains, or tears. That is not to say everything is perfect as we wanted to note the tachometer no longer works. Still, the cabin is in above average shape overall, and even includes the Japanese owner's manuals and maintenance books!
These body-on-frame pickups represent some of the best-engineered vehicles Toyota has ever produced. It starts with the engine, the 3L. That's the motor code, not the displacement. This 2800cc four-banger is fresh off an oil and filter service. Two new 12v batteries are key to have on hand during these cold winter mornings, and with a twist of the key, the diesel jolts to life. A new engine air filter allows the 3L to breathe freely, and a new set of serpentine belts have been installed by one of our trained techs. Power is sent through a five-speed manual gearbox to two, or four, wheels depending on the driver's preference. Through the selective transfer case low gearing is available and can get you through some less than ideal road conditions if need be. This truck isn't going to win any drag races, but it's efficient and makes all the power necessary to get up to and sustain, highway speeds. The suspension isn't as refined as a Benz either, but this truck doesn't beat you up badly on the tarmac. That's thanks to the refreshed suspension. While in our shop new inner and outer tie rods were replaced as were the front upper ball joints. A fresh alignment keeps this Toyota tracking straight and will prolong the life of the new all-season tires we installed in our shop. The BF Goodrich rubber looks killer and will lend themselves to tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.