1997 Toyota Hilux Pickup
It was late 1997 when this workhorse Hilux pickup made its way off the assembly line. During this era, the brand was cranking out prolific body-on-frame platforms and this little gem is no exception. The N167 Hilux pickup has a global reputation that precedes it, and our Stellar Blue (8L7) example is powered by an ultra-reliable gasoline four-cylinder engine and real-deal manual gearbox. Turn key and ready to roll, this recently serviced rig is offered with a mere 57k documented and verified miles. Accented by a set off by a set polished JAOS Excel II alloys, factory-style bar, and chrome mirror caps, the paint is in good shape overall aside from some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. As a weekend workhorse, capable daily driver, or Cars & Coffee cruiser, it's hard to deny the appeal of this truck. Reliable, rare, fun to drive and highly collectible, this Toyota is the personification of a Japanese Classic.
The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding as this Toyota rides far above traffic. Unlike the previous year's model, this one touts a host of interior upgrades and standard dual SRS airbags for some added peace of mind. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and adjustable lumbar support to find the ideal driving position. The seats were reworked for a more supportive design, and the gray and blue textured material looks more modern than the gray tweed it replaced. The upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and is mirrored in the door cards as well. For daily use, the driver also benefits from electric windows, locks, and mirrors. These all work as advertised, and piping hot heat and air conditioning are available on demand. If you prefer more natural ventilation, sliding rear glass and a tilt-adjustable sunroof work together to create a breeze within the cockpit. Even the OEM interior sunroof shade is included in the sale! The headliner is in good nick and although there are some minor carpet stains of note. It's clear this car was cared for in a prior life and even comes with the Japanese owner's manuals.
The Hilux is a sturdy and tough little nugget. Used for war, agriculture, and work these pickups are nearly bulletproof. Power comes for a 2.0L 1RZ-E that is fresh off an oil and filter service. The SOHC application makes plenty of power for daily use and even features forged steel connecting rods. Startup is prompt, care of a new 12v battery we installed here in our shop. The driver can select between 2WD and 4WD from inside the cabin, and the five-speed manual gearbox makes the most of the engine's torque. Rowing up and down the gears is quite a hoot, and gives the driver more control over the platform. For those with a plan to escape, sand and snow can be plowed through with the use of low-range 4WD. While not as fast as when driven in 2WD, the surefootedness is great for those living in more seasonal climates. The power steering is light and on point and the brakes feel confident thanks to new pads and rotors on the front axle. New 32" Falken all terrain rubber sits freshly mounted and balanced at all four corners. The grippy new tires look tough and best of all will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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.