For Sale: 1988 Toyota Hilux

00303_ejd97bQrq6S_600x450Its a goddamn Unicorn! How did it get here? WHO CARES? UNICORN! 

I have never actually seen a unicorn in the United States. I’ve read articles on them and watched Top Gear destroy one, but seeing one in person is more rare than an unmodified Honda Civic Si in Los Angeles. They just dont exist. 

BRP Hilux

So what is a Unicorn? Its a 1988 Hilux. The most desired truck on the planet. Sure you can buy a deuce and half or a mil-spec humvee or a Austrian made Pinzguaer, but a Toyota Hilux? Not really. So here it is for sale in Gardena, California on San Diego Craig’s list for….read thru the ad and guess what you would pay for a 1988 Toyota Pickup truck and then check the bottom of the page for the price. 

First off, you know you’re in trouble when someone films their FOR SALE ad with a drone. And it opens with”Hey there! Diesel dude coming at ya!” This is going to be expensive…

“Tires are pretty damn good…” – yeah because for the pice below we are going to care about a cheap set of tires…

Toyota Hilux tires
“This truck is pretty darn special… we’ve have three of these total and we have imported 120 cars” – Add a few more thousand….

“Its got a badass minidisk player….” – now this makes sense. A unicorn should have another unicorn for its music player.

Toyota hilux mini disk player

The cool part is that it has already been “REGISTERED and TITLED…so you dont have to deal with the headache!” Add more dollars…

Toyota hilux sideview
Here are the specs from the ad:
Year: 1988
Fuel: Diesel
Engine: 4 cylinder, 2L DIESEL
Transmission: 5 SPEED
They left out the rear seat hatchet option. But its good to see it there. No Hilux is complete without man tools lying around. A hatchet is the ultimate. Anyone can fire up a chainsaw….

Toyota Hilux hatchet

Unfortunately the snorkel and roof tent are optional.

Toyota highlux tent top


If this isn’t what you had in mind, They can build something to your exact specs on a 40,50,60,70,80 series. I have no idea whats that means but its seems like a cool offering. You’ll find more details on their website.

You can ride this Unicorn for $17,499  I know! But it gets 30mpg so you won’t need to feed this unicorn very often saving some cash in the long run…Or something like that. And its was cheaper than this one that Jalopnik showed us the other day.  If you buy it, or own one, please let us come drive it just once. I’m dying to see if its worth all the hype.

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, and A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.