If the new Tundra is a small far too significantly truck for you, maybe you’d prefer a throwback to a more simple time, a person with additional modest grille dimensions. And quite possibly the excellent throwback is up for auction in New Hampshire this 7 days: a virtually-new 1993 Toyota Truck. Even though some Toyota vans have endured a million miles, this 1 falls in the polar opposite camp. It has only 84 miles on the odometer.
Hailing from the pre-Tacoma times, the formal Toyota design name was the quite creative “Truck”. This unique illustration is explained as a barn come across by the seller, purchased new in Gorham, N.H., pushed residence, and immediately mothballed for 28 decades. Which is all the detail we can get, since, we only have information from the second and existing operator — who’s flipping it just after a single year — to go on, not the primary proprietor. It would be interesting to discover out from the initial customer about why the truck was hardly ever pushed.
The small-wheelbase, 4-cylinder Deluxe trim truck isn’t going to seem to have been purchased for collectibility, as it really is fairly ho-hum when it will come to alternatives. As indestructible as the Toyota 22RE is, if we ended up standing in a Toyota showroom in 1993 looking at a truck for investment decision uses, we would have ticked the containers for a lengthy-wheelbase Xtracab with a 3.-liter V6. We do concur, on the other hand, with the 4WD and 5-speed guide alternatives.
Irrespective of its lower mileage, it truly is not cherry. Practically 30 several years of damp New England winters and humid summers have put a patina of surface area rust on several of the underbody elements. There are 3 dents along the still left aspect from some thing that fell in opposition to the bed during storage. The spare tire went missing sometime alongside the way as nicely. The battery, gasoline tank, gas pump and pickup assembly ended up properly replaced just before beginning the engine as to not gum up the technique with varnished gasoline.
Outside of that, it can be hard to locate fault with the truck. The seller suggests the motor operates as you’d count on, and we would expect the 22RE to be pretty flawless with a basic fluid transform, even just after decades of inactivity. The pickup’s 6J7 Forest Green Metallic paint even now dazzles, even in the bed, and the fabric inside has remained impeccable.
Classic Toyota trucks have been skyrocketing in value together with their Land Cruiser and 4Runner brethren. Even T100 and 1st-gen Tundra pickups keep their worth to an insane degree. Examples clocking mileage that would signal stop-of-daily life hooptie-ism for most autos — we are talking effectively more than 200,000 miles — provide for all around the price of a perfectly-stored equivalent-period Cadillac with a quarter of the odometer reading through.
As of this creating, the 35 bids have propelled the price to $40,100, or about the price tag of a brand new 2021 Tundra Minimal. With about a day remaining to go, it will be appealing to see how considerably this once humble work truck ends up likely for.