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Pick of the Day: A Stout Toyota truck

The Japanese automaker’s half-ton pickup that few in the US remember


Ever see, or for that matter hear of the Toyota Stout? Neither had I until I saw one for sale on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace and immediately wanted to know more, enough more to make it the Pick of the Day.

For sale by its private owner in Solana Beach, California, is a 1966 Toyota Stout pickup truck, which the seller notes is “very rare” and in “great running condition.”

Toyota, Pick of the Day: A Stout Toyota truck, ClassicCars.com Journal

The truck is a 1/2-ton model with a 1900cc engine, 4-speed manual synchromesh transmission, and 6X5-foot Rhino-lined bed. The seller adds that it was recently painted, has new exhaust and tires, and wears California black plates.

The seller adds that the interior is gray and the truck’s odometer shows 59,000 miles, and the asking price is $11,900.

All well and good, but what is the half-ton Toyota Stout? Wasn’t Toyota only making compact trucks (Hilux elsewhere, simply the Pickup here) in the 1960s? 

Turns out the Hilux was known as the Stout Light in some markets. The Stout was Toyota’s larger pickup, and was a workhorse vehicle in Asian countries. Production began in 1954 and ran through the 1980s. 

Toyota, Pick of the Day: A Stout Toyota truck, ClassicCars.com Journal
Toyota, Pick of the Day: A Stout Toyota truck, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Stout for sale on ClassicCars.com is part of the second generation, vehicles from 1960 through 1978. It was powered by a 1,453cc or 1,897cc 4-cylinder engine, featured dual headlamps on either side of the grille with parking lights mounted in raised sections of the hood, and it had a slightly larger cabin designed to please export-market buyers. It also was available in right- or left-hand driven configurations, depending on local market regulations.

A few apparently were sold in North America in the late 1960s, and it turns out that Toyota featured one from its own collection, one with the 1,900cc 85-horsepower engine, in its display at the 2016 SEMA Show. 

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


    • Richard: I probably saw it at the SEMA Show in 2016 but don’t recall it, though I probably could go back through my photo files and find a shot of it from the show. So many cars, but not enough mental memory space. — Larry

  1. I appears that this model had “4 on the tree”. I remember driving my friends 1954 Mercedes with “4 on the tree”. Quit unique in America.

  2. Back in 1971, a fellow that lived in the village had a green Stout. I was quite taken with the truck but knew little about them. I was driving a Datsun 510 wagon at the time. I could see it was rugged, but knot sure how it would last on the highway. I finally bought the Datsun 610 PU. Funny, cause the guy that owned the Stout still lives in the village. I visited him a few weeks ago with an auction report on the Stout. Wanted to remind him of fifty years ago. Not sure he remembered. Over the fifty years. I have owned countless Datsun and Toyota PUs. Finally stuck with Toyota after the 86 & 1/2 Nissian. Toyota Tacoma resale prices are out of sight.

  3. Lovely lovely vehicle – and seems just right as it is…a great deal and it won’t take much storage or resource.


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