1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom
Stock Number: 4666
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 an extensively optioned interior made this 1993 HiAce one of the most comfortable and luxurious vehicles in its segment. Packed with features like the triple sunroofs, lounge seating, and even a factory coffee maker; it's hard to believe this van was produced over a quarter-century ago. Sporting a period-correct two-tone, the Toyota Two-Tone Beige Tricoat paint is in great shape overall, though the graphics have seen better days. Not terribly uncommon for the stickers to start cracking and fading over time, but it doesn't have any real impact on the paint. The factory rain visors are a nice touch and add to the aero styling of the van to make it look less like a brick.
The spacious interior of the HiAce leaves little to be desired. Upfront the driver and passenger have plenty of shoulder room, and due to the cab-forward design, the visibility is impressive especially when parking. The ride height allows you to see over traffic, and the copious amounts of side glass make lane changes a breeze. Though the rear occupants benefit the most from the HiAce with its massive interior. Both the middle and 3rd row have the ability to slide forward and aft depending on legroom and cargo amounts. With a venting sunroof up front, a massive panoramic one in the center, and even a power venting dual rear means that there's never a shortage of fresh air. The seating itself is in great condition, and the multi-color gray seating is quintessential '90s. The front seat looks great, no signs of the typical bolster wear from climbing in and out over the years. The passenger seat rearwards is only better, which is surprising out of a 27-year-old people hauler. No notable stains, seam rips, or water damage which can be a worry when you're talking about this much glass. They also have the ability to lay pretty much completely flat turning the back into a pseudo bed. The carpeting and headliner tell the same story. If the suite of sunroofs wasn't impressive enough, then the built-in coffee and ice maker will seal the deal. Now admittedly, none of us have been willing to try to make ice or a pot of coffee in a 27-year-old Toyota, but it sure is a novel touch to brag about. Of course, you still have all your typical amenities like the power mirrors, one-touch driver's window, and power locks. The A/C system is kicking and rather simple to use and is a dual-zone system for front and rear passengers. While the radio looks aftermarket it is an OEM Toyota unit that works as best it can here stateside since the FM frequencies are different on the other half of the world. Most will probably look to swap it out for something more current anyways which is a simple task since all the early '90s connectors are the same.
Most imported Toyota HiAces make do with the base powerplant, the smaller 2.4L gasoline engine, and rear-wheel drive. While the well-appointed interior of the van makes up for that, this has the more rugged drivetrain making it the real deal. Toyotas bulletproof three-liter 1KZ-TE four-banger has been paired with four-wheel drive to make for efficient motoring, even in the worst weather conditions. Toyota used the 1KZ in just about every platform since it was such a beast of a motor. While it's not going to win you any grudge races, it has more than enough power to get you down the road. These are well geared for US highways and even kick back some reasonable fuel mileage. While the odometer reads 30K miles they were not verified prior to leaving Japan. Frankly, based on the condition its hard to think that its much different, however, it is being listed as unknown due to that. The diesel fires right up thanks to a new battery and is known for clocking over a quarter million miles, so the unverified aspect is of little concern. Being that its a cab-over design it helps to center the weight better meaning that these actually handle better than you'd expect. Once again, it's a passenger van, not a Ferrari, but you don't have to worry about coming into an offramp too quickly and getting that aggressive body roll. The brakes are more than capable of getting you down from highway speeds. A fresh set of rubber also helps to aid the 4WD system put power to the ground. The automatic has no issues running through the gears and even has an ECT power mode that will hold you in gear longer to make the most out of the power band. The steering is also quite light which makes low-speed maneuvers a breeze. A unique, well-optioned van like this doesn't come by that frequently. The impressive slate of creature comforts, immaculate cabin, and robust powerplant make this HiAce a certified Japanese Classic that can be enjoyed by eight people at the same time!
*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.