But it's worth every penny.
Before the Toyota Tacoma debuted back in 1995, its predecessor was simply known as the Pickup. It was at this time when Toyota split its midsize truck into two separate lines: the Tacoma and Hilux. Today, the Tacoma is more popular than ever, and even used examples are quickly swiped up at dealerships. It's not uncommon for owners to exceed well over 100,000 miles without any major problems along the way. This durability has become a hallmark of Toyota trucks and SUVs and the Tacoma's predecessor is no exception.
As the years go by, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find not only low-mileage used examples on the market, but also ones in near-mint condition. When one does appear for sale, its price tag tends to reflect its uniqueness. Just like the example we have here.
Up for sale by Vanguard Motor Sales in Plymouth, Michigan, is this darn near perfect 1991 Toyota Pickup with just 69,981 original miles on its clock. Not surprisingly, it's been owned by just one family and has been maintained to the highest standards. Its rust-free red paint and exterior decal graphics and grey interior look exactly the way they did when in the showroom. The 15-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires, and chrome front and rear bumpers are also spotless. The bed liner doesn't appear to have any major scratches or dings.
Under the hood lies the 22R-E 2.4-liter inline-four with electronic fuel injection rated at 113 horsepower and 142 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed manual. It also has power brakes and power steering.
The gray cloth and vinyl-covered interior still has the factory AM/FM radio and original factory gauges. Up on a lift, the truck's underside is equally flawless. The frame, fuel tank, skid plate, fuel and brake lines, driveshafts, oil pan, and front and rear axles are all pristine.
Not surprisingly, the selling dealer is fully aware of the demand for high-quality old Toyota off-roaders because the asking price is $44,900. To compare, a 2021 Tacoma and Tundra begin at $26,000 and $34,000, respectively. There should be no doubt someone will be more than willing to pony up the cash for yesteryear truck goodness like this.