1995 Hilux Surf SSR-X
Smack dab in the middle of the 1990s, Toyota was really doing its thing! The hits kept on coming and this 1995 Hilux Surf is one seriously good design. Finished in Dark Blue Pearl (8E3) and set off by a set of clear tails, factory rear spoiler, OEM rainguards, and privacy tint, the body and paint are in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs. Rocking a stylish Recaro upholstered interior and beautifully refinished OEM 16" wheels which complete the aesthetic for this 3.0L turbodiesel example, and the inherent practicality of this capable year-round hauler makes it a hard one to pass on. Fresh off a recent service, this tough little rig boasts a mere 113k verified and documented miles, and is ready for an immediate adventurous road trip. As a turn-key collectible daily driver, Cars and Coffee cruiser, or rugged weekend warrior destined for some muddy trails, this SSR-X can handle it all!
The cabin is special with its Recaro guts, but there is a whole lot of space and equipment to enjoy as well. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the Surf rides far above traffic. The center of the dash does have some cracking to note, which commonly affects these N130 trucks, but a bespoke dash mat obscures them. Aside from the non-operational electric side mirrors, there isn't a whole lot to complain about otherwise, as this example was clearly cared for overseas. Overhead a large OEM sunroof lets plenty of natural light in the cabin and unfurls to allow a refreshing breeze. If you want a little bit more of a gust, you can power down the side windows and rear glass, too. If you prefer A/C that can also be accessed through a simple-to-use climate control unit in the center stack. The seats steal the show, and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The aggressive bolstering keeps the front occupants from sloshing about on rutty roads during spirited driving. The sporty interior aesthetic is complemented by a leather-wrapped Lecarra steering wheel which feels great in the palms of your hands. The driver also has a tilt-adjustable steering column to find the optimal driving position, while functional power locks make daily use more enjoyable. The carpets and headliner are in good nick and the door cards have withstood the past quarter century without sustaining any major damage.
The body-on-frame platform has a reputation for being tough. The same can be said for the 1KZ-TE engine, which is punchy and efficient. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the power plant cranks to life care of two new 12v batteries. New serpentine belts keep the electronics loaded with juice along with a new engine air filter that has been installed to allow the 3.0L to breathe freely. The four-cylinder is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. To save fuel and deliver the best acceleration, the driver can choose to drive in 2WD. If snow and sand stand in your way, the selective transfer case offers seamless 4WD engagement. In the worst motoring scenarios, a Low 4WD setting can be engaged too. Freeway driving is comfortable and around town, the low-end torque is handy from stoplight-to-stoplight. The suspension was refreshed with new shocks all around and the ride can be described as premium for an SUV. We also rehabbed the braking system with a fresh set of pads and rotors up front. The look is completed with bronze KZN185 alloys. Mounted and balanced with all-new 31" Falken all-terrain rubber, this thing is good to go!
*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.