By on March 28, 2016

Toyota Tarago

There are longer minivan jumps you could watch, even some with explosions, but no flying family hauler can match the poise and grace of this 1980s Toyota Tarago.

Somewhere in rural Australia — possibly near a dingo — this sturdy conveyance not only survived its flight seemingly unscathed, it probably stopped off for a case of Fosters after the jump before driving a pack of blonde teens home.

It’s a short clip, but our hearts soar along with the Tarago (the Australian market pre-Previa). The announcer, no doubt a soccer football fan, hits all the right decibels in expressing his pleasure over the little minivan that could.

There’s scant information available for this three-year-old YouTube clip, but it’s clearly a pre-1986 Tarago making the jump, powered by either a 64-horsepower diesel or 87-horsepower gas four-banger. What it lacks in power it more than makes up for in execution.

Like an adorable puppy jumping off a dock into a pristine lake, the stable trajectory of this well-balanced conformitymobile shows why the Previa and its mid-engined predecessors are regarded as the sports car of minivans.

It’s a Porsche Boxster for the whole family.

Even though the soft (and likely very tired) suspension takes a beating, there’s no obvious listing to indicate damage after the jump. A front-engined American van would have burrowed its nose halfway to China on landing.

So kudos to this van and its Aussie driver.

And no, we don’t know if the driver is someone’s mom. We can only hope that it is.

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23 Comments on ““THAT IS AWESOOOOOOOOOO…!!!”...”

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    Typical Van Jumpers, always want the limelight

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    I wanna see them try to jump a steamroller over 5 Honda Odysseys.

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    @Steph Williams
    Current Tarago has a 170hp 4 cylinder and a 270hp V6…64hp Petrol? No Diesels are sold

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    Isn’t Foster’s that beer no self respecting Australian will drink and instead “import” to America as a cruel joke?

    • 0 avatar

      Bottom-shelf in Oz.

      And Fosters in the US is not Fosters. It’s brewed by Molson.

    • 0 avatar

      When I was in Australia, I was led to believe that Foster’s has a reputation for being the beer that is consumed by old guys without money.

      “And Fosters in the US is not Fosters. It’s brewed by Molson.”

      Molson is part of the same SABMiller mega-conglomerate that owns Miller, Molson and CUB, the latter of which is the once-independent producer of Foster’s, Victoria Bitter and much of the other swill that passes for popular beer in Oz. (The country has some good beer, but VB isn’t one of them.) So at this point, they’re related products.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      It appears that RobertRyan doesn’t have a great deal of knowledge regarding beers in Australia. Pch101 has a little more.

      Beers in Australia are drunk by State/manufacturer (used to). Sydney had Tooheys beer. Tooheys New and Tooheys Old (a dark ale, my favourite at times) are popular. Tooheys also make Tooheys Dry or as they are affectionately known TEDs.

      Brisbane had XXXX Brewerys (Four X). The most popular XXXX beer is XXXX Gold. These come in 30 packs of 375ml “tinnies” (cans). Packs of beer range from 24 and 30. These are called by different names again according to what city/State you live. Names are a “slab of p!ss”, carton, case, etc.

      Melbourne has Carlton United Breweries (CUB). They produce Carlton Draught, Carlton Mid as the most popular beers.

      Now with the advent of botique breweries and imported beer we have a massive range of beers. The bottle shop or bot’lo is what we call a liquor store.

      The one I go to is called Dan Murphy’s. It’s around the size of a small supermarket and contains, hundreds of beers from every nation and all Australian beers.

      You can buy beer off a pallet which means it’s not refrigerated or from the cool room, a massive fridge.

      My favourite imported beers are Coors Lager (the Rocky Mountains turn blue), Stella Artois, Corona, Carlsberg, Local beers I like Tooheys Old, XXXX Gold, Carlton Mid, Carlton Draught and Tooheys Draught. I always have a slab of each with at least a dozen of each type of beer above in my beer fridge.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        I forgot to add.

        Beer that comes in bottles in Australia are called Stubbies, they contain 375ml of beer. A long neck is a bottle that contains 750ml of God’s best nectar.

        The greatest Australian invention (actually innovation) is the Stubbie Cooler or as they are known in the US a Beer Cozy. These came around by some surfie’s who made wet suits. They had lots of scrap neoprene and decided to make Stubbie Coolers with them.

        They are an accesory now for the average Ocker (Aussie), sort of like having a wallet with you. You will find we have several in the glove box (glove compartment), kitchen, garage, everywhere, because you just don’t known when you feel a “XXXX Coming On!”

        • 0 avatar

          God bless the Aussies. This video, and Big Al’s comments, highlight why everyone loves them. I hope to get down there some day and buy myself a “slab of p!ss”

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    As the one-time, regretful, short-term owner of a first-generation flat-front Toyota van…I guess it could survive the jump. But it probably overheated on the acceleration run and warped the head.

    Cooling-system issues ere prominent with those things. Making it worse is that that particular engine was used in NO OTHER AMERICAN-SPEC TOYOTA. You ruin the engine with an overheating episode, and you’re looking at serious money.

    The first overheating episode happened at night…no ethylene-glycol coolant available. I filled the radiator with water…which brought on more overheating episodes.

    Filling it with the proper 50/50 mix reduced the frequency; but any constant speed over 55 in warmer weather would guarantee the temperature needle would hit the red.

    What finally did the engine was an overheat episode on my way to work…third shift; hot summer night; trip through the ghetto. I’d forgotten the obligatory two gallons of coolant; and I was NOT going to stop and get capped for being the wrong color at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    It didn’t seize, but it was terminal. Water found its way in the crankcase; oil in the radiator.

    Nor was getting the engine out anything easy. Or cheap.

    In the end, I stuck a scuzzy used-car dealer with mine…I lost a third of what I paid for it; but Honest Harry probably lost all but a couple hundred of what he paid me to buy it.

    SO…much as I liked DRIVING the thing, it was not engineered or supported as most Toyota products are. It was a quick-patch to take some of Chrysler’s minivan market; and I doubt that many van-buyers were as taken by Toyota as were new Camry customers.

    • 0 avatar

      Tarago, that is Toyota’s main people mover Van here,is the 170/270hp model. Preva sounds very unfamiliar

    • 0 avatar

      I also was the owner of two of these, both bought new. An ’84 and then an ’86 LE Van with the bigger engine. The second one was the least reliable japanese vehicle I have ever owned. I traded it in with a bad transmission (after a few failed rebuilds by a national chain) with less than 90K on the clock. It had overheating issues, the fuse box melted, the front and rear A/C (and the icemaker) required numerous $,$$$ repairs. And the driving position, while great for driving, was probably not so good in any kind of front end accident.

      Overall I liked the vans a lot, but ultimately I was better served by an ’89 Grand Voyager with the Ultradrive and 3.0 V6.

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    “…the Previa and its mid-engined predecessors are regarded as the sports car of minivans.”

    Previas were sporty? With what kind of tailwind – 100 mph or so? Otherwise, a kid on rollerblades could probably outrun one.

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    “It’s a Porsche Boxster for the whole family.”

    I think you meant, “It’s mid-engined…just like a Ferrari,” as per minivan afficionado Richard Hammond.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    This model of Tarago had the Toyota 22R engine with fuel injection. The engine was also fitted to the Hilux.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    This Tarago is based on the Toyota Lite Ace van as well. These were powered by a 1.8 litre engine. These vans were commercial vans used by florists, etc.

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