1995 Toyota Hilux Pickup
Pending Sale: $23,995
Stock Number: 4670
We just got in, hands down, one of the most requested vehicles here at Classics. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't ask about a Hilux, and it comes as little surprise. The Hilux built a reputation of being bulletproof, hence why its been in production for over 50 years. Unfortunately, we never quite got the cream of the crop here stateside which has always left us pining for more. Trying to find a proper 5-speed diesel pick up these days is like pulling hens' teeth. If all of that didn't equate to hard to come by, then we go ahead and track one down that's as wicked as this. Finished in Toyota's newer TRD Cement gray this one has some serious curb appeal. Toyota really hit the nail on the head with the idea of less metallic colors, especially when you put it on something as rugged as this. Match that up with the Rhyno lined bed and style bar and you really have one tough-looking truck. It's obvious that this was resprayed shortly before leaving Japan since the paint is in great shape and clearly wasn't an option until recently. The blacked-out grille and front bumper play up that two-tone effect particularly well and also means that if you decide to swap it out for something beefier down the line it'll match up easier. 33x11.5" Falken Mud Terrains wrapped around blacked out TE-37 style wheels are the icing on the cake. One of the main reasons we don't see trucks often is because they're typically used and abused over the years, but luckily we can't make that claim here. The body is in fantastic shape with only your typical door ding or two.
The interior is rather basic, as you would expect from a traditional '90s truck; these aren't 90K dollar King Ranch F250s after all. Toyota has always been rather straight forward when it comes to interior layouts. All of the gauges are easy to read and all of your power accessories are readily at hand. Filled with different shades of gray, the neutral color palette is hardly exciting but the material quality is excellent. It's evident that the interior has been cared for over the years, as evidenced by its current condition. The dash is in good shape and features a tilt-adjustable steering column and integrated cupholders which were surprisingly hard to come by at the time. While we're not going to call it flawless, but its leaps and bounds better than most cars stateside with 176K verified miles. There is a small hole in the driver's seat, as well as another small one on the driver's side of the rear bench, but minor enough that an upholstery shop could probably correct if you felt it necessary. Normally we would expect to find the bolsters worn down from climbing in and out, especially at this height, but luckily there's really nothing to note on that side. The seats really are in excellent shape, free of any errant stains or seam separations. The center stack includes function OEM audio and an automatic climate control system to keep you comfy year-round. The electric windows and locks work properly and the driver has one-touch control for their glass.
The driveline featured in this Hilux Surf is known for its bulletproof nature. Toyota's 2.8L 3L 4 cylinder isn't going to win you any races but it gets the job done. These were all about the torque, rated at 140 and 90hp it may not look impressive on paper but it has all the grunt you need to get you out of a bind. With its proper 3 pedal setup and selectable 4WD system, you shouldn't have any issues when the pavement ends. The mechanicals are simple in comparison to today's computerized soft-roaders that are running around. The body on frame platform is easy to improve on as well should you find this one isn't quite tall enough for you. As with all of our vehicles this one has gone through our shop with our trained technicians to make sure it's ready for whatever you have to throw at it. Aside from the new Falkens it also had a routine oil service performed. The more labor-intensive side was replacing the serpentine belts, the radiator, and a brand new clutch. With the new setup, the 5 speed is fantastic to row through for a truck. Engagement is smooth and the torque is immediately noticeable as soon as you put your foot down. The selective transfer case is nice to have, and the driver can toggle between 2WD and 4WD while in the cabin. The power steering is light and the brakes feel confident. Ride quality isn't half bad for a truck and the Hilux feels confident even at higher speeds. If you value rarity and overall condition this is the one. Ready to roll and turn heads at the same time, this Japanese Classic is a killer ride!
*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.