Clean Third Gen Hilux: 1981 Toyota 4x4 Longbed Pickup

  • July 03, 2020
Why We Like It

We are always stopped in our tracks when we come across a clean Hilux. These trucks were called the “Pickup” in North America, a boring name that was used for decades until the introduction of the Tacoma in 1995. Toyota freaks love the long-bed version of these trucks because the proportions look just right, especially when tastefully lifted like this example. Solid front axle, bullet-proof 22R inline-four, 5-speed manual, repaint in factory red, replica factory graphics, matching red spray-on bedliner…there’s a lot to like here.

The tan interior retains the stock AM/FM radio and features SR5 options, including the tachometer and extra gauges in the center stack. The cap on the shift knob, cigarette lighter, and one of the knobs for the heater switches are missing, but everything else appears to be there.

It’s no secret that these trucks have gone up in value over the last five years, so we’re not surprised to see the five-figure price tag on this one, even with over 100k miles. All we’d do to this truck is install a set of OEM SR5 chrome wheels and then add another 100k miles.


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