1994 Toyota Hilux Pickup
Available for: $32,995
Toyota's beefy four-door Hilux pickup truck is reliable as it is iconic. This nearly bulletproof 1994 is a killer example, finished in Toyota's snazzy Maritime Blue Metallic (8H8), and offered with only 154k verified and documented miles. The polished OEM wheels, new bedliner, polished roll bar, and polished front bumper subtly set off the all-business aesthetic. Aside from the normal light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, the paint is in good nick. Enthusiasts likely won't care that she's a showstopper at the local Cars and Coffee, but instead will value the trusty diesel engine and rugged 4x4 system. As a practical, collectible, and rare Toyota this top-tier Hilux ticks all the boxes and is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin is much more spacious than American examples of the truck for obvious reasons. The double cab configuration delivers plenty of legroom for front and rear occupants. The tall stance allows for a clear view of the road ahead, and the dash is in good nick aside from a very small crack that's difficult to notice about 1" in length. Everything is at hand and this pickup has a surprising amount of amenities. A tilt column, and electric windows and mirrors work as advertised. It even has A/C for the summertime and a set of cup holders. A Carrozzeria audio system is a great upgrade to have on hand and functions properly, although does not pick up USDM radio stations. The gray upholstery is in good nick and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The driver seat bolster has some wear from entering and exiting. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood the past quarter-century without sustaining major damage, however, there is some staining on the carpet and a few nicks in the headliner above the rear glass. It's obvious the truck was cared for in a prior life and we even have the Japanese owner's manual!
Under the muscular bodylines is a tried and true diesel 2.8L engine. Fresh off an oil and filter service the four-banger springs to life with a twist of the key. Two new 12v batteries and a fresh oil and filter service were just taken care of, and one of our trained techs installed a new set of serpentine belts and two new front axles while it was on the lift. The 2800cc mill is mated to a manual gearbox, which makes the most of what horsepower you have. The gearbox shifts properly and makes driving it much more fun and involved. The selective transfer case allows the driver to choose between two and four-wheel drive. If you plan to daily drive this Hilux it's civil on pavement. It is geared such that sustained highway use is not a problem and it has plenty of torque for city use. We gave the brakes a fresh fluid flush and installed new all-terrain Falkens before she headed off to state inspection. For those who love classic Toyota pickups, it's hard not to appreciate this little truck. Likely to outlast a new Tundra this vintage is only going to go up in value and wont last long!
*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.