Although there are still quite a few of these old workhorses around, they’re never in this kind of shape. Typically, Isuzu Troopers were rode hard and put up wet. They were used for transporting people and ab-used while hauling stuff. So today, most early two door originals come up for sale in despicable condition with “mechanic’s special” disclosures, and low prices to match. But not this one.
The description is short, but the seller claims the mileage is original and documented. And from the photos, it shows. The paint looks to be original, period-correct 2161 beige, matched with stock 15-inch white wheels. Inside, the brown and beige interior looks as brand new as one could ask for in a used vehicle nearly 30 years old. Yet, there are no under hood or under body photos, which raises an eyebrow for certain.
What’s really shocking here is the current bid. With four days remaining, this Trooper is already breaking records at $7,800. Could this be the first gen-one Trooper to sell on eBay for over $10,000? We’ll see. Normally, the old diesel Troopers trade in the $4,000-$6,000 range due to Isuzu’s long standing reputation as a builder of bullet proof diesel powerplants that can now be converted to bio-fuel. But this 1986 is likely sporting the 4ZD1 2.3-liter 4-cylinder gasser, and the price tag right now is several thousand dollars more than what the diesels typically sell for online. Wow.
For those of you not familiar with the box on wheels that is the Isuzu Trooper, here’s a little history. In 1981, Isuzu introduced the Isuzu Rodeo Bighorn in Japan, and by 1984 the first wave of Isuzu Troopers was headed into the United States. Originally, the Bighorn/Trooper came in both long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase 2-door wagon platforms with sealed beam, round headlight grilles, making this 1986 the absolute earliest of available body styles.
Prospective buyers should know, these early Troopers are strictly business. Creature comforts are minimal, with manual everything being the standard. The early 4-cylinders were carbed and fairly underpowered compared to the later first-gens, which used an updated 2.6-liter 4-banger and Isuzu’s proprietary ITEC electronic fuel injection system. See the auction on eBay.