1995 Toyota HiAce Super Custom Van
Stock Number: 4869
It's indisputable that Japan was light years ahead of the US when it came to family vans. Which is a little ironic considering how small the island is, with the roads being even smaller. Lucky for us their over-engineering paid off, in the long run, leaving us with exceptional vehicles that still feel relevant today despite the age gap. Remove the logos and put it in a new Chevy commercial and people will think it's the next big thing. Finished in Toyotas Silver Tri-coat Metalic (21T) The body is in good shape, other than some small door dings and stone 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.
The cabin of this eight-seat hauler is among the most upscale of our product offerings. Full of soft-touch materials, technology, and boatloads of interior space, the HiAce makes for a useful daily driver. The cab-over design, and tall seating position aid visibility. Plenty of glass and skinny pillars make for safe lane changes and easy parking. Upfront the driver and passenger have plenty of shoulder room thanks to that cab-over design. The ride height allows you to see over traffic, more like an SUV than your typical minivan would. The expansive dash is in great shape which can fall victim to cracks over the years, but luckily we don't have any of that here. Fully loaded you've got cupholders, power windows, locks, and folding mirrors all right in arm's reach. Giant factory rain guards let you get some extra ventilation in less than ideal conditions. The climate control is straight forward and easy to use when you're on the go. You've got separate controls for the rear air and heat controls that way the rear two rows aren't constantly complaining about the cabin temps. Once you reach your destination you've got power curtains for an extra layer of privacy which is a rather clever bit. All the seats are trimmed in a soft, Cognac patterned cloth. They are soft to the touch and devoid of any major damage on any of the rows and are quintessentially '90s with this pattern. The middle row, a bench, can fully recline and also swivel 180 degrees to face the back row. Access to both rows is easy thanks to a large single sliding rear door and with the adjustment of the middle row. The carpets were wonderfully maintained, and for those who value originality, the plush carpet OE mats are even included. When you would rather have space instead of the legroom the rear row can be slid forward to nearly double the carrying capacity. The tailgate lifts to around six feet tall, so loading and unloading cargo is a snap. Unlike most this one is actually a slicktop instead of the panoramic sunroof which means you've got better insulation and it also cuts down on wind noise.
While many marvel at the well-appointed interior of the van, the rugged drivetrain the real deal, especially with a mere 33K verified miles. Toyota's bulletproof three-liter 1KZ-TE four-banger sends all its power outback. While these were offered with the 4WD setup you've got to sacrifice on fuel mileage which most would prefer to have. It's mounted midship which has plenty of benefits as it relates to handling and weight distribution. With the twist of a key, the engine whirrs to life and sets into a constant idle thanks to a new 12V battery. The automatic transmission makes good use of the powerband and gets the large hauler up to highway speeds in a jiffy. With its long wheelbase, these guys gobble up highway imperfections giving a rather smooth ride. Though don't get that confused with old vans of that past that feel like they're going to tip over every time you take an offramp with some speed. Paired with a new set of all-season tires with large, cushy sidewalls, you can expect smooth sailing for many miles to come. The brakes are assured and the power steering light, and easy to articulate. 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 the whole crew!
*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.