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.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.