1993 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G
Toyota's formidable stable of early 90's SUVs were known for their prolific durability and ruggedness. This 1993 Hilux Surf SSR-G is a prime example, and based on how this one looks, it's only a matter of time until it is conquering American terrain. Retailing with only 97K original miles, and complete with the best motor available, and a bevy of rare factory and aftermarket options, ensure this Hilux wont last long. While completely capable off road, the SSR-G model is the top of the line when it comes to the Hilux models making it ideal for on road use as well. Starting with the exterior hue, finished in Prussian Red Pearl (25T) over Dark Grey Metallic and accented with genuine SSR three piece Auswuch color-matched alloys, this Hilux is simply stunning. The body is free of any major flaws, dents, or dings and the paint is impressive only showing minor imperfections from normal use. Naturally there are a few scratches, but its condition is above average for a vehicle this age. The OEM optional rear wing also looks great and is a nice addition to finish out the rear. An OEM spare tire mount is located on the rear gate and all 5 33" all terrain tires are brand new. The chrome grill, bumpers, and mirrors are all in fantastic condition, giving some upscale touches to the muscular body work.
The interior in the SSR-G is one of the reasons this vehicle is so desirable. Factory Recaro seats were standard in this model, and are not only comfortable but also provide additional support to keep you firmly planted in the seats when the road disappears and things get a bit rocky. It's even more difficult to find these OEM Recaro seats in this type of condition with virtually no bolster wear, no rips, and only minor discoloration on the driver seat back. The rear seats receive the same Recaro treatment along with the door panel fabric inserts (Recaro) which also include factory tweeters. Thigh supports are also equipped to help long legged occupants on long drives. The A/C blows cold, and the climate systems functions as it should. The carpet is in beautiful condition and it's obvious this beautiful rig hasn't seen much, if any, off road use. The headliner is nearly immaculate, without a burn hole or sag to be found. The dash is in great shape, sans a hairline crack just over an inch in length, and is free of any sun fading. The factory rain guards are also still present and standard on the SSR-G. Overall an extremely nice and particularly rare interior.
The North American market never received the venerable 1KZ-TE 3.0L turbo diesel version on the Hilux Surf. While that was a real downside to the US models, the best power train option is equipped in this model, and can now be yours. To paraphrase the show Top Gear, this engine in indestructible. Known for its durability and low cost of ownership, it is paired with selectable 4WD and a convenient automatic transmission. The large four cylinder fires up quickly, compliments of two new 12V batteries installed by one of our trained technicians. Idle is as smooth as a huge four cylinder can be, and the diesel clatter isn't invasive in the cabin. Acceleration is brisk throughout the mid range, and shifts are smooth albeit lackadaisical. The suspension does great at sorting out all the bumps, and the steering is light and easy to articulate. Naturally there is some additional road noise from the sizable 33's but nothing you wouldn't already expect. The brakes also feel strong, and the midsize SUV comes to a stop without issue. As with all of our vehicles our trained technicians have thoroughly inspected this Hilux and all maintenance is up to date, with the next oil service not being needed for 3000 miles.
The capable, unique and reliable SUV is a timeless design. Its over engineered drivetrain, rare OEM options, and curb appeal make it a hit as a daily driver or the offroad icon that it is.
*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.