Rare Rides: A Toyota Stout - Japanese Simplicity From 1966

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a toyota stout japanese simplicity from 1966

Today we step back in time over 50 years to check out a little beige truck. Imported across the sea, it fell right into the hands of a caring buyer — one who cautiously stepped away from the American pickup truck norm. What we have here is the very beginning of a Japanese manufacturer’s truck offerings in North America; a 66-horsepower genesis moment.

It’s a Toyota Stout, from 1966.

Toyota began making trucks in earnest in 1947 with the Toyopet SB. Based on the SA sedan, the truck swapped the sedan’s tube chassis with a ladder design and a couple of solid axles. An evolution of the SB became the SG in 1952.

Toyota quickly developed a larger truck for consumers, introducing the Toyopet RK 1¼ ton in 1954. It was larger than the sedan-based SG, but more consumer-oriented than the medium duty FA model (which featured dually wheels and a flat cargo bed).

The RK was renamed Stout in 1959, in anticipation of a new (larger) generation for 1960. Between 1960 and 1978, the Stout 1/2 ton found popularity around the globe. Manufactured in Japan, South Africa, and Thailand, North America received Japan-made Stouts (called the Stout 1900 for its 1.9-liter engine) between 1964 and 1969.

Initial sales were slow — customers were not eager to forsake the well-known American pickup for a new imported competitor. In its first year on sale, Toyota shifted four Stouts. Toyota realized the Stout was not the answer for a North American truck, and placed a more modern Hi-Lux in North American showrooms for 1969 (the Hi-Lux name was replaced with Truck for 1976.)

Other markets continued to enjoy their Stouts, and the model would endure into a third generation, remaining in production between 1979 and 1989. The end of the Stout line saw the model denied an official replacement as Toyota continued with the Pickup, Truck, and Hi-Lux.

This well-preserved example is presently for sale on the Greensboro Craigslist site, with an odometer reading of 46,000 miles. The owner is asking $7,000, which seems reasonable for such a hard to find truck in this condition.

[Images via seller]

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