Seven Months Gone: 1976 Toyota Hilux SR5 58K Mile Survivor – Sold?

Apr 2021 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

April 26, 2021 Update – While the private seller of this Toyota Hilux “Classifind” deleted their latest Craigslist ad this week, given the seller’s past history we suspect this truck may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

April 10, 2021 Update – After fooling us into thinking they sold their Avacoado Green Hilux last fall, the seller surprised us with a new listing using the same pictures and a different description. Despite the seller’s prediction their Toyota “Won’t last at $13,800” last Fall, they now have it listed just under $10K price that is finally lower than the Collector Car Market Review’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal.

October 19th Update – The private seller of this rare Toyota pickup deleted their Craigslist ad during the past week, so we’re assuming, for now, this compact truck sold.

September 18th Update – Over the weekend, the private seller of this avocado green Toyota mini truck lowered their asking price for the original $13,800 to $12,900.  While that’s a step in the right direction, we note that it’s still above the #1 “Excellent” appraisal.

As we scour Craigslist ads every day, it’s quite common for us to have a case of dé·jà Vu.  In some cases, we’re actually able to track part a vehicle’s journey like a Morris Minor 1000 we provided an update on last week. For others, it’s coming across a twin of a previous feature and then ruling out they are one and the same car. For example, in the summer of 2019, we featured this survivor quality, low mileage, and very avocado green 1975 Toyota SR5 Pickup the current caretaker listed for $7,500.  A barn find from Oregon, that truck though solid was in need of restoration.

Fast forward to the Fall of 2020, and we found a virtually identical example listed then and once again posted in April 2021 on Craigslist in Madison, Connecticut with virtually slightly less mileage and in the same general area for $13,800. At first, we thought the next caretaker purchased and restored the same truck however after careful inspection we believe it’s all a coincidence, and this is indeed a different example. However, as soon as we convince ourselves, we question our eyes and believe this may be the same truck featuring a fresh paint job! What do you think?  Comment below and let us know!

Comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has his Toyota priced three thousand dollars above the #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $10,250.

Originally launched in 1968, Toyota’s virtually indestructible HiLux pickup received its second-generation redesign in 1972.  Then just three years later, Toyota completed a midcycle refresh for 1975 to be larger and with increased standard equipment. In North America, the new version also meant the introduction of the considerably larger (2.2 L) 20R engine and the SR5 upscale trim package. A five-speed manual transmission became optional. In North America, the Hilux name was fully phased out in favor of “Truck” by that year, having been dropped from brochures and advertising campaigns, starting in 1973.

Currently posted on YouTube is this classic “You Asked For It, You Got it” Toyota TV spot for the 1976 pickup line:

Regardless of whether this is the same vehicle or not, this is one of those trucks that will have people saying, “My <insert friend or relative here> had one of those exactly like it!” to you everywhere you drive it. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s current description:

“1976 Toyota Hilux pickup truck SR5 model manual shift with only 59,000 original miles.
Make no mistake this is a one-of-a-kind truck that is 99% original.
The 20R engine is the engine the legendary Toyota reliability began with. It really needs no introduction for those that know.
Own a piece of History and an instant ticket to any type of car show. If you do not like attention this is not the truck for you as this thing is a conversation starter no matter where it goes and usually gathers a crowd at the gas station.
It’s a one-owner vehicle originally purchased in Oregon and brought back east.”

While here’s the seller’s original description from the Fall of 2020:

“1 owner
58 k original miles
Absolute head turner condition
Manual
Runs drives great
Won’t last at 13800. Will be worth double in ten years. Drive while it appreciates

Do you have a Toyota Hilux SR5 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Douglas Threlfall

    I don’t care how nice it is, I can’t get over the baby vomit color.

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  2. Hilux FUn

    I bought a brand new 1976 Toyota SR5 PU as a 17 year old in San Diego. I would almost pass everyone going up the I8 grade into the desert. I tried to break it as a kid tearing up the desert and whooping all the other mini trucks of that era. (Courier, LUV, Datsun) Sold it after 350K still running strong. I’m restoring a rust free copy right now, maybe a BEAMS engine? Stock? Not sure yet.

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