October 23, 2019
Back when this 1990 Toyota was new, the pickup market was much less complicated. In the Toyota showroom, there were longer and shorter wheelbases, as well as extended cab and 4-wheel-drive versions. As an added bonus, it was very likely that each one of them would fit in the average garage, and you wouldn’t need a stepladder to load/unload things out back (nor were you likely to have to take out a mortgage to buy one). This red example, which looks like it’s still on the job, was seen about a year ago while we were in Seattle. Dings and dents? Yes. Faded paint? Yes. Solid-looking body? Yes again (thank you Pacific Northwest climate). Volkswagen, under license, built a version of this truck in Germany called Taro (below), which was sold primarily in Europe. This would be the final generation of Toyota’s pickup (called the Hi-Lux in many markets) in the U.S. before the introduction of the Tacoma for MY 1995.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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