KIDNEY, ANYONE? Feast your eyes on a 94-mile Toyota Truck

We are constantly surprised by the prevalence of not-beat-to-dust Toyota pickups at shows like Toyotafest. Almost all of those, though, are examples that belie their actual mileage thanks to caring owners who have our full admiration. Then there’s this 1993 Toyota Truck coming up for sale, which is basically brand new with a jaw-dropping 94 miles on the odometer.

Found among the lots of the upcoming Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida, this time capsule Toyota does not have much of a back story. The listing is frustratingly lacking in information but the exact same truck was sold on eBay just a couple of months ago.

That listing did have some more information, but not much. According to that first flipper, the truck was purchased in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1993, driven home, and promptly mothballed for 28 years. The eBay seller discovered it a year prior, and put it up for auction in September 2021.

We’re very curious as to why someone would buy a truck like this and never use it. Particularly because it’s not really an investment spec example. If we were at a Toyota dealer in 1993 and asked to spec out a truck for preservation or profit, we would’ve chosen an XtraCab with the 3.0-liter V6, not a regular cab with a 2.4-liter inline-four. We can’t find fault with the 5-speed manual and 4WD options, though.

The truck wasn’t perfect. The eBay auction noted that the left side of the bed had some dents, incurred by something that fell on it during its three-decade-long slumber. It appears that whoever won that auction has since repaired that damage (and added 10 miles) before flipping it yet again. They’ve also taken some much better photos, allowing the 6J7 Forest Green Metallic paint to really shine. They’ve also neglected to show any part of the underbody, which did have some very noticeable surface rust.

A total of 41 bids ratcheted that eBay auction up to a $45,100 sale price. With the fever of a live auction event, albeit one trading mostly in muscle cars, who knows where the price will end up.

Though we are loath to feed a flipper, if you want the best preserved USDM N100 HiLux in America, it’ll be hard to find a more original example. The Mecum auction takes place Jan 6-16, 2022.

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6 Responses to KIDNEY, ANYONE? Feast your eyes on a 94-mile Toyota Truck

  1. Lee l says:

    I just can’t imagine owning such a cool truck and not driving it. I’d never be able to convince myself to buy something like this, evening if I were a billionaire, because I’d want to drive it all the time.

  2. Taylor says:

    Agree on how the “flipping industry” (no pun intended) has capitalized on profiting so hard on these unicorns.

    It’s interesting that the Toyota trucks retained such a strong resale value while the Nissan Hardbody never enjoyed that privilege.

    • Ben Hsu says:

      That’s an interesting point. I think it’s because the Toyotas have been lifted by the success of the Tundra, and by the reputations of the Land Cruiser, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, etc. The Nissan Hardbody didn’t have a whole lot of halo trucks around it.

  3. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    How do you keep from all the seals & belts frim cracking away?

  4. f31roger says:

    As pointed out, I can’t imagine owning a brand new vehicle and just let it sit for 30yrs.

    I do love the Toyota truck as it is a true work horse.

  5. RainMeister says:

    This is interesting. I once helped my younger brother buy a new ’94 base Toyota truck in the same color for $10k. I recall the 4wd option added a few thousand dollar more.

    Assuming the original buyer spent $15k to buy this truck, after inflation, it would be equal to $26k in today’s dollars. So at $45k, the seller more than recovered his original price paid. However, had that $15k been invested in a Dow Jones Industrial index fund instead, it would be worth $120k by the end of 2020. As an investment, he lost $75k.

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