4WD Campervan: 1993 Toyota HiAce

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As I’ve mentioned on these pages before, one of my other lingering projects is a 1981 Toyota HiAce, a model never sold in the U.S. My generation predates the ones that are appearing for sale left and right, as the later editions combined more refined diesel powerplants with capable 4WD systems. This 1993 model here on craigslist combines right-hand drive steering with a manual transmission, and plenty of camping space inside. 

It’s listed for $23,000 in Arizona, and comes with all the necessary paperwork to drive it legally on U.S. roads. I suspect this came from Australia or New Zealand, both RHD countries and the racks and bullbars are practically standard equipment on almost every camper van. This example features one sliding door on the passenger side along with a retractable awning. The seller notes RHD shifting takes very little getting used to, a sentiment I agree wholeheartedly with.

The cabin is cavernous, and the seller notes it comes with the following features: lots of storage in cabinets and under bench; a fold-up table; a lower cushioned bed plus an upper bunk; and a Mikuni 16Y diesel heater. Obviously, it also comes with the requisite side curtains and kitchen sink, too. The most appealing part of this HiAce may be the 4WD system with locking hubs and hi/low range. These are truly capable vans that can making camping almost anywhere a reality.

The seller notes that this HiAce makes more sense than a similarly-equipped / imported VW Vanagon Syncro, as those command somewhat silly prices even in project form. The HiAce is just as interesting given its rarity on U.S. roads, and that 3L diesel will outlast most anything else attached to the van. The asking price is $23,000 OBO, and thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for the find.

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  1. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Boy, from track to trail, what a great rig. Hardly broke in. I would like to try the right hand drive thing. I think I would be knee driving, with with my left hand running the real shifter and my right hand working the invisable gearbox. Great find!

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