Rare Rides: A Toyota Pickup From 1983, Extra Clean and Rust Free

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a toyota pickup from 1983 extra clean and rust free

The Rare Rides series has had a couple of bouts with ancient, excellent condition Toyotas in the Tercel Wagon and 4Runner. Today, we have a look at a little orange truck which pre-dates either of those.

It’s a Pickup, from way back in 1983.

First, some Hilux history. The Toyota Hilux started out as a brand new offering from Toyota back in 1968, and came to the North American market as the Hi-Lux starting in 1969. It was a replacement for the unpopular Stout truck, which we featured on Rare Rides in 2017. A second generation debuted for the 1973 model year, and brought with it additional modernization.

The second generation underwent a revamp for 1976; it grew larger, had more standard equipment, and larger engines were available. These were all characteristics requested (or perhaps demanded) by North American customers. The changes also brought a new naming convention for Toyota’s truck offering — in 1976, its name transitioned from Hi-Lux to Pickup in the North American market.

For 1979, the third-generation Pickup arrived, bringing with it the most truck-like of truck characteristics: optional four-wheel drive. Toyota was getting the hang of American desires now, and for the first time a three-speed automatic transmission was available to complement the four- and five-speed manuals. A range of inline-four engines were available, all of them between 1.6 and 2.4 liters of displacement. Toyota reserved four-wheel drive for engines of at least 1.8 liters, to the chagrin of cheapskate customers.

Today’s SR5 Pickup is from right at the end of the third generation’s life. Trucks with four-wheel drive ended production in July of 1983, as Toyota wound down the old model in preparation for the fourth-gen model (which took over in North America for 1984).

This example draws power from the 22R carbureted engine; it was the largest on offer, with a displacement of 2.4 liters. A long-lived Toyota design, the 22R was produced from 1981 through 1997, and in original guise produced a raging 97 horsepower. 0-60 time? Yes, it has one.

Information on the listing is scarce, but the Pickup is exceptionally clean, and has travelled over 160,000 miles. Everything looks original, right down to the paint and tape stripes. The clean interior has all of its trim and even wood applique. Luxury!

Currently listed on eBay, the Pickup’s owner is asking $18,500.

[Images via seller]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Apr 07, 2018

    The tin worm does its magic in the Rust Belt. Same thing happened to my wife's 77 Accord. I kept the body up but the undercarriage rusted so badly that my mechanic told me that the next big pot hole I hit might break the car in 2. Great running car but the tin worm did it in.

  • Road_pizza Road_pizza on Apr 09, 2018

    Wrong site :) but I'll have to vote CP because my 6'3" frame just doesn't fit in these little toy trucks. Give me a full size regular cab truck any time and leave these undersized toys to the kiddies.

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Apr 09, 2018

      Just because you're a 'giant' doesn't mean an average sized person is a "kiddie." That insult needs to be retracted.

  • Lou_BC "They are the worst kind of partisan - the kind that loves their team more than they want to know the truth."Ummm...yeah....Kinda like birtherism, 2020 election stolen, vast voter fraud, he can have top secret documents at Mar-lago, he's a savvy business man, and hundreds more.
  • FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. https://insideevs.com/news/598046/toyota-global-leader-solid-state-batery-patents/Of course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
  • Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
  • Mobes Kind of a weird thing that probably only bothers me, but when you see someone driving a car with ball joints clearly about to fail. I really don't want to be around a car with massive negative camber that's not intentional.
  • Jeff S How reliable are Audi? Seems the Mazda, CRV, and Rav4 in the higher trim would not only be a better value but would be more reliable in the long term. Interior wise and the overall package the Mazda would be the best choice.