This stout l’il bugger is a 1965 Toyota Stout 1900 Pickup, a rare chunk of Japanese steel. As you can see, it’s not in mint condition hence its listing on the Copart website. It’s located in Billings, Montana in case you need to check on shipping costs, which for me are $1,150, according to the Copart website. I can, and do, drive to Billings in 13 hours so that seems like a very high shipping bid, maybe Copart takes a chunk out of it or something. There is a bid of $525 on it.
I’m assuming that this pickup was originally white in color, not the faded red that you see here, but I could be wrong. There’ll be a lot of work to do on this one before resale-red makes any difference. These are rare little trucks, though, and as such parts are equally rare. Thankfully, this looks like a mostly-complete example and I believe that it’s an “RK41L” model, made for the US market and known as a “Light Stout” or “Lite Stout”, having a shorter wheelbase and 13″ wheels. The US market Stouts had a bigger (1.9L) engine for our heavy feet and expanses of freeways compared to other markets.
The Stout was sold in the US from 1964 to 1969 and they’re all but invisible on the roads today. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve seen one in person, it’s been a decade or more easily. This is a second-generation Stout and they were sold up until 1978 in other markets around the world. They were made in Thailand and came to the US without rear bumpers. Here’s a perfectly-restored, bone-stock-spec 1966 Stout 1900 at SEMA in 2016, it’s part of the Toyota Museum in Torrance, California. This Copart truck could look like that one again and hopefully it can be saved. I would sure love to own one someday.
As you can see, the soft goods here will all “need replaced“, as they say.. And, oh-oh, the windshield is cracked! That could be a major issue, unfortunately, possibly a deal breaker on any possible bidders (like me). A replacement may be able to be tracked down in Japan but if not, this may be just a parts vehicle, unfortunately. An internet search and joining forums will be helpful. There is a rumor floating around of a parts store in Canada having windshields available but I wouldn’t bank on it. The box looks, uhh.. full, but hopefully it’s in similar condition as the rest of the body is in.
The engine looks surprisingly complete. If I could just.. rrrr.. see that VIN.. dang. Copart isn’t exactly the best at giving an overload of useful information on the vehicles that they have for sale. This is Toyota’s 3R-B, 1.9L inline four and it would have had 80 hp and 142 ft-lb of torque. Here’s a restored version on YouTube, it sounds great! These were solid, tough little trucks in their day and this one would still be more than enough pickup for my needs. If I have to haul something that wouldn’t fit in this box I’d rent a truck, I wouldn’t want to drive a 10-mpg monster truck every day just because I had to pull a trailer once a month. Have any of you gotten vehicles from a Copart auction or listing before? If so, what have your experiences been with the whole process from beginning to end? Any success stories?