1993 Toyota Hiace Super Custom Limited
Before the SUV craze that erupted during the late '90s, vans were the predominate hauler of families and all of the cargo that goes with them. Utilizing sculpted aerodynamics, a cab-forward design, and extensively optioned interior made this 1993 HiAce one of the most comfortable and luxurious vehicles in its segment. Sporting a period-correct two-tone, the Toyota Gray Metallic Tricoat paint is in good shape and is lustrous, barring the lower cladding which has lost some clear over the years. The body panels have no major dents or dings, with the most notable imperfections being located on the lower front and rear fascias. The spec sheet certainly seems to have every box possible checked, and some highlights include four sunroofs, adjustable suspension, and a bevy of interior seating configurations, uncommon to even in today's domestic mini-vans.
Inside a number of interesting options can be found, which include a digital dash, reclinable lounge seating, and full bevy of power amenities. Seating is available for up to seven with swiveling center row seats. Overall the interior is in excellent shape, and the door cards, carpet, seats, and headliner are devoid of any large blemishes. The wine-colored interior is incredible, and the seats feel like a Chesterfield sofa. The material is soft and has an almost velour-like feel. The bolstering is supportive yet cushy, which further insulates passengers from the environment outside. The driver's side is even powered, and the tilt column is functional and motorized which is a rarity. If you wish to enjoy some privacy, the cabin is surrounded by linen curtains that are now manually adjusted. Behind the front row, occupants enjoy their own separate A/C zones and climate settings. The Japanese were the first to realize that passengers shouldn't be any less comfortable than the driver, and this van demonstrates that. The rear vented sunroofs are also functional, which is a rarity, and the center panoramic assembly opens and retracts, giving rear occupants a view of the stars above. Front and rear A/C work to keep everyone from boiling alive, as does the heat in winter. An Eclipse head unit has been installed in Japan, but it doesn't display any English characters, so we encourage its replacement to a more mainstream model.
The 2.4L 2RZ-E engine (gasoline) has recently received maintenance and is ready for its next adventure. The gasoline engine starts up happily and settles into a constant idle. With only 20K verified miles the Super Custom is hardly even broken in. Located between the front seats, this improves balance and creates a more desirable handling characteristic. The reliable, 2.4L mill is inexpensive to maintain and comfortable driving at highway speeds, and parts are readily available. The engine starts right away, idles correctly, and does not hesitate under acceleration. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, without issue. Power is sent to the rear wheels, which improves fuel economy over the 4WD version, and the vehicle is especially well suited for long freeway cruises. The TEMS (Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension) system is standard on this model and appears to be functioning correctly, giving the Toyota a range of suspension settings to suit the driver's tastes. The shorter wheelbase is great for uneven terrain if you need a bit of ground clearance, and also lends itself to a tight turning radius. The steering is feather-light and the suspension wafts over poor road surfaces. Grip comes from four brand new tires, mounted and balanced by one of our trained technicians. Additionally, a fresh oil and filter service has been performed to ensure the new owner need not schedule any routine maintenance for the next five thousand kilometers.
This Hiace is highly desirable for many more reasons than incredibly low mileage. Its durable, useful, and futuristic approach to design makes this Toyota a perfect Japanese Classic, turn-key ready for any adventure.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.