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Autotrader Find: 1987 Toyota 4Runner with 60,000 Miles

Today’s Autotrader Find is an extremely well-kept 1987 Toyota 4Runner.  Old sport utility vehicles from the 1980s and 1990s are skyrocketing in value these days, and the 4Runner is one of them.

To really understand the Toyota 4Runner, it’s important to look back at the vehicles that preceded it.  Prior to the 4Runner’s debut for 1984, Toyota partnered with Winnebago to offer the Trekker.  It consisted of a Toyota pickup with a permanent cap grafted onto the back, the rear bulkhead removed, and a second row of seats, carpet, and a headliner installed in the rear.  Altogether just around 1,700 were produced, and the demand for the Trekker is what helped Toyota make the business case for the 4Runner.

Sales of the first-generation Toyota 4Runner commenced for the 1984 model year and lasted through 1989.  Three things about the original 4Runner stand out to me.  First, it’s the only 4Runner to ever come with a solid front axle, which some prefer over independent front-suspension given its added articulation, not to mention its old-school flair.  The 4Runner’s solid front axle was short-lived though. It was only offered for the 1984 and 1985 model years; the 4Runner adopted an independent front suspension setup for 1986. Second, the first-gen 4Runner came exclusively as a two-door.  The second-generation model would be offered as a two-door as well, but only in very limited numbers.  In the years since, every Toyota 4Runner has been offered exclusively as a four-door.  Finally, the original 4Runner is the only one to ever offer a removable roof; a feature that many enthusiasts wish Toyota would reintroduce on a modern-day off-roader.

Being that this 4Runner is a 1987 model, it comes with two doors, a removable roof, and an independent front suspension.  Though a turbocharged engine was offered during this era, this 4Runner packs a basic 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This 1980s SUV looks to be in extremely good condition too.  It comes with just under 62,000 miles on the odometer and appears to be flawless inside and out, though no photos of the undercarriage are provided.  The exterior is a metallic brown with some awesome bodyside graphics, while the inside is beige fabric.  This pristine, low-mileage 1987 Toyota 4Runner is offered by a dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona with an asking price just shy of $44,000; more than you’d expect to pay for a well-equipped 2020 4Runner.  I told you these things are skyrocketing in value. Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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