Close Enough: 1981 Toyota Hilux SR5 4X4

In the first Back To The Future movie, Marty McFly is obsessed with a black 1985 Toyota pickup, and (spoiler alert!) he gets the car (and the girl) at the end of the movie.  The pickup in the movie is a 4th generation XtraCab with a “show bar” setup in the bed replete with KC Dayliters, but the best Hilux I could find for sale was this 3rd generation example, so the past is the future in this next Back To The Futurismo feature.  Find this 1981 Toyota Hilux SR5 4X4 here on eBay bidding for $9,300 with 2 days to go located in Puyallup, WA.

The correct movie car was a XtraCab 4×4 with EFI (electronic fuel injection) and a short bed. 1985 was a unique model year since they were still available with the
solid front axle and the optional smoother running, marginally more powerful EFI equipped 22RE. On the other hand, this white HiLux offers most of the same rugged Toyota goodness but with a carburetor and round headlight style.

The HiLux is a vehicle that is legendary for its basic ruggedness, and it is unusual to see one with only 118k miles on the odometer and in excellent cosmetic shape.  The 2.4 liter 22R should put out 97 horsepower and 129 ft-lbs of torque into a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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