Have you ever heard of a 1992 Toyota Coaster Camping Saloon RV minibus? You can call it a camping saloon, camper van, an RV, or the original title of minibus. However, this specific Toyota RV minimus only has about 119,000 miles and is ready for some sleepovers in the woods.
The Toyota Coaster Camping Saloon RV minibus
First things first, what exactly is a 1992 Toyota Coaster Camping Saloon RV? It is a single-decker minibus produced by Toyota starting in 1969. Wikipedia notes the Coaster is also known as the Hino Liesse II or the Wanli Toyota Coaster. Japan exclusively sold The Coaster at Toyota Store dealerships.
When it was first produced in 1969, the Toyota Coaster was a 17 passenger minibus using a 2.0L Toyota R engine. 68 mph is the top speed. It gets 165 horsepower and 270 lb-ft torque. Toyota also introduced the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV in 1997.
This RV is listed on the Japan4wd page from Naples, Florida. It is a pretty cool version of a minibus that the U.S. never got to see (besides this one). The interior sleeps four people and has a large living area. But the coolest part? This bus was imported from Japan, and it is Right Hand Drive (RHD).
A Right Hand Drive Toyota RV minibus to fit your needs
Right-hand drive vehicles are discussed in an article by J.D. Power and NADAguides. Are you legally able to drive a right-hand drive vehicle in the U.S.? Yes, you are. One important example of this is the United States Postal Service. The USPS operates right-hand drive vehicles, as it would be hard to deliver mail in a standard car. There are even some Jeep Wranglers out there that are right-hand drive.
The right-hand drive vehicle must follow the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also sets regulations.
This Toyota RV minibus comes equipped with a 4.2L turbo diesel 1HD-T Toyota engine and the original automatic four-speed transmission. The minibus has air conditioning, heat, and a roof ventilation fan. With the modifications inside, it can fit 10 passengers and can sleep six. The bathroom is a little hairy, but this bad boy isn’t a luxury vehicle.
How do you import a car from Japan?
Importing a vehicle isn’t an easy process. Most people will hire a company or work with a company to get the vehicle here safely. This requires an independent commercial importer (ICI) or a company like Japanese Car Trade. It is a delicate balance between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The rules often change, so it is recommended to keep up if you plan to import something. Also, the new owner of the vehicle must arrange for shipping through CPB. The car will come in at the first port of entry. After that, it will head to its final destination.
There are many forms to fill out that are listed on the website above. In conclusion, the process is pretty lengthy, so get started researching now if you plan to embark on this journey. Or buy the 1992 Toyota Coaster listed here to make life easier.