3 of 50: Jennifer: 1985 Toyota Hilux Truck, SR5 4×4

The Toyota Hilux (or “Truck” as it was sold in North America) was the quintessential compact pickup produced by the biggest Japanese Megalocorporation. Toyota makes all manner of coma-inducing nannymobiles today but back in the mid ’80s were bringing their A-game and the 4WD Hilux peaked with a one year only combo of solid front axle (for superior offroad articulation) and EFI (for better power, economy and smoothness). We named this one Jennifer after Marty McFly’s girlfriend, and although it isn’t black like Marty’s truck it is a fine example and as close to the ultimate mini as we could hope to find on 24 hours notice. Find this 1985 Toyota SR5 here on craigslist for $8999 in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Andy L. for the tip!

This one is not stock, but still very well kept and presentable. The slash graphics are probably originals to the truck but the “sweet” 4×4 decals on the bed sides are not. It’s riding on big 35-inch BFG All-Terrain tires and Centerline polished aluminum 15″ wheels – period correct, for sure. Not to mention the added capability when the crap gets deep.

The seller claims an extensive list of recent work including engine rebuild, brake work, A/C components and suspension. The interior is “custom” as seen below; it wouldn’t be our first choice in a resto (original cloth would get the nod) but it looks clean and comfortable.

The 112 hp, 2.4L 22RE engine won’t make you cream your stonewashed jeans with power envy, but it is one of the most reliable and easy to service engines known to man. Murilee Martin calls it “warlord grade,” we call it a solid piece of engineering (except for those pesky plastic timing chain guides).

We’ll just leave this here…

“Check out that 4×4. That is hot. Someday, Jennifer. Someday. Wouldn’t it be great to take that truck up to the lake? Throw a couple of sleeping bags in the back. Lie out underneath the stars.”

This feature is part of Daily Turismo’s birthday celebration of 50 cars in 24 hours..