Clean original 1985 Toyota pickup

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The 33-year-old Toyota pickup still wears its original graphics
The 33-year-old Toyota pickup still wears its original graphics

After all these years of Pick of the Day, here’s the first time we’ve had a vintage Toyota pickup.  That’s because most Toyota trucks are workhorses, used up long before they can become collector cars.

But take a look at this one, a 1985 Toyota SR5 pickup in sparkling preserved condition and just the way you’d want it: stretch cab, 4X4, 5-speed manual and with just 67,000 miles showing.  Air conditioning and power steering are the icing on this cake.

The 4X4 Toyota is set up for off-road adventure

This looks like a particularly sweet little truck, which the Tucson, Arizona, dealer advertising the Toyota on ClassicCars.com says is all original.  The ‘80s-style graphics package is part of the bone-stock appearance. 

The four-wheel-drive system is the straightforward high- and low-range setup, no electronics and worked by a separate shifter next to the gear change.  Manually locking hubs mean you have to get out and maybe get a little dirty on your four-wheeling expedition, but most hard-core off-roaders appreciate such things.

Although, this pickup looks way too nice for any kind of extreme trail driving.  It would be a crying shame to dent or scratch that original exterior.  It also would be a shame to customize the truck with off-road gear.  This is a rarity that should be appreciated for the pristine example that it is.

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The upgraded SR5 interior looks as fresh as the body
The upgraded SR5 interior looks as fresh as the body

The Toyota is powered by the bulletproof 2.2-liter 4-cylinder EFI engine, which means the mileage so far is just a pittance.  Trucks and SUVs equipped with these four-bangers are well-known to go way into multiple six-figure mileage without a hiccup.

There’s no information about the pickup’s history, but it’s being offered in dry Arizona is always a good indication of a rust-free existence. 

The asking price for this rarely seen, 33-year-old, time-warp Toyota pickup is $19,929.  

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

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Very nice….had one exactly like it…..best truck I ever had….wish I still had it….even if it didn’t look like this one.

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