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Autotrader Find: Imported 1990 Toyota HiAce Diesel Pickup

What you have here is an especially unusual vehicle to find on Autotrader. It’s a 1990 Toyota HiAce 4-wheel drive pickup truck, and it’s a right-hand drive vehicle that’s been imported from Japan. It’s got a flatbed with bed sides and initially it was intended to be used as a commercial truck, but it can also be used personally — especially since it’s been converted to run on veggie oil.

Yes, that’s right, this truck — which is already weird, as it’s a right-hand drive imported model that was never sold here — isn’t just a diesel, but rather it’s a diesel that’s undergone a cooking oil conversion (reportedly one that cost $5,000), and now you can run the truck on diesel fuel or any type of cooking oil. It also can cruise at 70 mph and it’ll get 30 miles per gallon “if you drive really slow,” meaning it’s sort of a jack-of-all-trades.

Indeed, it’s an impressive vehicle, and you won’t find many like it here in the United States — but this HiAce is offered by a private seller in Los Angeles, who notes that it has just 39,000 original miles. That’s an exceptionally low figure for a work vehicle like this, suggesting it spent its entire life in Japanese cities without adding big miles on the highway. The seller notes it has a 9.5-foot bed, and also notes that it even offers a 4-wheel drive low system with low-range gearing.

If you’re interested, this HiAce is offered for $15,990, and it really is the only one of its kind on Autotrader.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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