Why does this ’85 4Runner look so different?

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It’s obvious from the photographs that the Pick of the Day is no ordinary 1985 Toyota 4Runner. Things were changed after the compact pickup left the assembly plant.

That’s because this is a Granville edition modified by a recreation-vehicle manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana.

Produced from the 1980s until 1991, these 4Runner sport utility vehicles could be purchased like this one, with its unusual paint job and other modifications, or with their passenger and cargo compartment replaced by a camping unit.

This one is a second-owner, 169,000-mile example still running with its original 22-r 4-cylinder, fuel-injected engine linked to a manual transmission.

It has power steering and brakes, electronic ignition, and solid front axle. According to the private seller advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com, it also has a new timing chain and gaskets and seals, new upholstery on its bucket seats and a new headliner, and new tires.

The seller adds that the rear bench seat remains original, as does its CB radio (it also has AM/FM), and the truck still wears an original Granville decal. 

The truck is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is for sale for $12,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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