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The Toyota Hilux needs little introduction these days. It has been firmly established as the toughest truck on the planet many times over, but most famously by the lads formerly at Top Gear. Aside from the tough reputation of the Hilux, it also happened to be the lesser-known car star alongside the DMC Delorean in Back to the Future, driven by Marty McFly. A very similar cherry 1986 Toyota 4×4 Xtracab is for sale, making your Marty McFly dreams possible. 

1986 Toyota Hilux 4X4 similar to the one Marty McFly Drove in Back to the Future
1986 Toyota Hilux 4X4 Xtracab | Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Marty McFly had good taste 

Everyone from Richard Hammond to Marty McFly to ISIS has a serious love for the Toyota 4×4 pickup truck.  How can you blame them? It looks incredible and is tougher than an old boot. 

Known as the Hilux in most markets, the Toyota Pickup is now in its eighth generation. Toyota has seen countless millions sold around the world. These trucks are famously ridden hard and put up wet, making clean examples like the one you see here highly desirable collector’s items.

Feast your eyes on this 1986 Toyota Hilux 4×4 Xtracab 

Toyota 4x4 for sale in tan with graphics package
1986 Toyota Hilux 4X4 Xtracab | Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

According to Silodrome, the ‘86 year model marked the fourth generation of the Hilux and the first of its kind to offer front independent suspension. The older generations had the tougher solid live axle in the front, which was great for off-road but rough for daily tarmac driving. This update made the Hilux much more pleasant to drive. 

Along with the new suspension, the “Xtracab” model variant was also introduced for the fourth-generation Toyota Pickup. This model included an additional six inches of space behind the seats for in-cab storage. Although it may not seem like much, having these small trucks to have this space made a big difference in keeping more items in the truck cab away from thieves and the elements. 

There was a pile of different motors that Toyota put in these rad trucks. The smallest engine option was a 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder, while the top-of-the-line models could have a 3.0-liter V6. This Hilux Xtracab is fitted with a 105-hp 2.4-liter gasoline-powered inline-four-cylinder. 

According to Silodrome, this fuel-injected 22RE was one of the more popular engines for the Hilux. The 105 hp is sent via an automatic transmission to the two-speed transfer case to both the rear and front wheels.

Easily the best part of these trucks is the factory decal graphics packages. This beige on tan with tan/brown graphics is too McFly for school. Speaking of which, the Back to the Future truck was actually a little different from this one, if you recall. 

What was the truck in Back to the Future

In Back to the Future, Marty Mcfly drove a black 1985 Toyota SR5 Hilux. It is similar to this one in many ways. Aside from the color and the Xtracab, both Marty’s and this one have the coolest features matching; the roll bar with KC Daylighters. 

This has to be the ultimate ‘80s pickup truck feature. This is how we know Marty is cool. If he just drove a black Toyota Hilux, that wouldn’t tell us much of anything, but the fact that he has the chrome roll bar and KC light rack proves that Marty McFly was the man. 

It’s the same with this truck going up for auction at RM Sotheby’s on September 3. This mint Toyota Hilux is estimated to go for somewhere between $35,00-$45,000. That is an awful lot for an 80s pickup truck, but that’s the market these days. If you want to roll with Marty and Doc, you need this truck or a DMC Delorian. Chances are the Toyota will work much better. 


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