1992 Daihatsu HiJet Deck Van
Available for: $8,995
Does it get any more unique or iconic? This custom Daihatsu HiJet Deck Van is stunningly different from nearly everything on US roadways. Its bantam size, utilitarian body configuration, and 4wd make this a distinctive mini people hauler, and a Swiss army knife of sorts. This 1992 example is in good condition, with the exterior in good shape with no major dents or dings. The paint shines nicely but does have some light blemishes. Most likely the vehicle was resprayed in Japan fairly recently, as the two tone and VW front end were not factory options. For a quick paint job on a vehicle designed to be used for odd jobs, it still looks nice. A new VW emblem and turn signal lights compete the look, and the front end almost smiles back at you.
The interior is really large feeling despite its demure exterior dimensions. The tall roof allows for plenty of headroom, and the front and rear occupants can ride in reasonable comfort. The interior has some neat Japanese switch gear including a "cool box" which handles a/c duties for all the passengers. The aforementioned a/c actually works pretty well for such a small unit and the heat is fully functional. The vinyl seats are in good shape, devoid of any major tears and stains. The windows all function, and the rear windows actually roll down. Best of all, the rear section has a tailgate, so tall items can be stowed like a pickup. Visibility is fantastic for lane changes and parking, and the large greenhouse lets in tons of light. The dash is in good shape as well, and and the OEM Pioneer tape deck and AM/FM radio sit atop the center stack. Pedal spacing is adequate, the 4wd lever and stickshift location is close, and the little van is a blast to run through the gears.
The EF series 659cc inline-3 engine starts right away and idles correctly. At only 54K verified miles, there is lots of life left in it. An oil and filter service has also been taken care of by one of our trained technicians. The small displacement powerplant makes some cool sounds, and its high revving nature is something special, when it comes to the experience of driving it. The little mill makes enough power to get this featherweight up to highway speeds,and makes adequate mid range torque should you not want push it to redline. The 4 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly and the clutch does not slip. The tiny tires are set atop 13 inch factory silver alloys, and make for a small contact patch. This is great for low rolling resistance, and because of this, expect MPG that can approach 50! The suspension and brakes are up to the task of handling US driving, and the low overhangs lend itself to driving this little Deck Van off the beaten path.
This turn-key JDM van could be you marketing car, adventure van, or show car. This HiJet has Volkswagen style, Japanese reliability and space for a run to the dump!