1995 Toyota HiAce Super Custom Limited
Stock Number: 4457
We have retailed many Toyota HiAces over the past year, but this one might take the cake as the best one yet! In these times of mass quarantine, it means having a safe space where you feel ultimate comfort is more important than ever. This '95 diesel equipped Super Custom Limited has a cockpit that seems lifted out of a time machine and is offered for sale with only 67K verified miles. Finished in Toyotas Silver Tri-coat Metalic (21T) The body is in good shape, other than some small dings and chips associated with normal use. This Toyota unique, cab-over van had a reputation for having a butter-smooth ride, bulletproof reliability, and came with more power options and features than many cars built this decade.
Sitting at the perfect ride height, the driver and passengers glide into the cabin without having to hoist themselves up. The front two folks have top-notch visibility, due to the aforementioned cab-over design and massive glass windscreen. The dash is in good shape, and hawkeyed enthusiasts will note a rare digital cluster that was reserved for the most expensive Toyotas at the time. The gauges are easy to read and almost float against a black background, and the auto climate control buttons are large and simple to operate. Uncommon for the time, a power-adjustable column that also telescopes can accommodate drivers of all sizes. It actually raises up to the top position when the key is removed from the ignition to give the driver maximum room to exit the cockpit. A huge center console with two cupholders maximizes storage and allows the team to stay hydrated on long road trips. The driver seat is powered as are the power windows, locks, and mirrors (which all work as they should.) For those who value originality, the glove box provides additional storage along with all the original Japanese manuals. Behind the front two seats are a swiveling and sliding middle row and a rear bench. This row is accessed by a massive sliding passenger-side door that includes a soft-close feature. In the event the rugrats aren't strong enough to close the heavy sliding door, the HiAce will pull it fully closed ensuring your battery isn't drained by an illuminated dome light. Like the front buckets, the rear benches are in above average shape and upholstered in a soft, cognac-colored cloth. Lacking any major rips, stains, or tears, it's obvious they well cared for overseas. The door cards are done in the matching material and are near mint; the headliner lacks any stains or sagging as well. Folks in the rear have there own dual climate zone and dedicated controls, but perhaps the best feature for them is the suite of sunroofs. The humungous panoramic sunroof above the second-row retracts for a full view of the heavens. The rearmost row has two additional sunroofs that pop up to ventilate as well. Mom and dad up front do have their own dedicated sunroof, however, unlike the other assemblies, it's manually powered. It's a whole lot of ventilation but the OEM raingaurds do a decent job of reducing the buffeting at higher speeds. Storage in the cargo area is sizable and the tailgate is nearly 6 feet tall so you likely won't have to duck when loading cargo, unlike smaller Japanese haulers. That's not to say she's 100% perfect as the audio is inoperable the interior plastics have a few light scratches.
Perhaps one of Toyotas best-built motors, the 1KZ-TE powers this rig. Mounted midship for stability and packaging reasons, they are known for logging countless miles and delivering above-average fuel economy. With the twist of the key, the 2982cc four-banger churns to life. Benefitting from a diesel specific oil and filter service, she idles well and revs freely. Mated to an automatic gearbox, power is sent to the rear wheels to provide the thrust. Acceleration is brisk, especially from low rpm and the eight-seater effortlessly scoots up to interstate speed. The ride quality is above average compared to many offerings from Mitsubishi and Nissan, and this TEMS equipped cruiser glides over road imperfections large and small. For those unfamiliar, the TEMS system was a cutting edge suspension type that was developed by Toyota in the 1980s that could firm or soften dampening on the fly. Paired with a new set of all-season tires with large, cushy sidewalls, you can expect smooth sailing for many miles to come. The steering is light and makes this van easy to park in tight spaces and the brakes feel confident and safe.
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.