Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5k: HipsterAce: 1986 Toyota Cargo Van

In the 1970s Toyota decided to enter the light passenger van segment, think of it as a precursor to the modern minivan.  The MasterAce was introduced in 1982 in Japan.  It was called the Space Cruiser in Europe, the Tarango in Australia, but the totally uninspired Van in North America.  Find this 1986 Toyota Cargo Van offered for $6,900 in Portland, OR via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

This MasterAce started life as the cargo version, which means it only has room for two up front and the back is entirely empty, ready for your junk.  It might not be the most family friendly configuration, but it would make for a cool hipster delivery van....perfect if you started a ironic hat business, or a company that sells defective beard trimmers.

This Van is powered by a 2.2-liter 4Y-E engine rated at 102 hp and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  This is a rear-wheel-driver version, so it is missing the low range transfer case and fancy pants all-wheel-drive system, but you'd never use it unless you get stuck in snow.

 See a hipper van that doesn't have a Volkswagen emblem on the front? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. "Defective beard trimmers." For defective beards? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

  2. Wow...I didn't know there were any of these left in the U.S. I thought they had all migrated down to Belize to live out the rest of their lives as slightly-less-ghetto-than-a-Tuk-Tuk taxis. I guess the only reason this one isn't rusting away in San Pedro is that no tourist, no matter how naive they may be, would ever set foot in a windowless taxi.

  3. It's nice that he took the pictures under a bridge so that the light was all washed out. Its almost as if they are photos from 1989 scanned in to the computer. In which case, the mileage would seem quite high. (97k in only 3 years)

  4. As I remember, if you get the gas-brake-gas-brake rhythm right, you can jump the rear wheels off the ground in one of these vans. That would be fun for the test drive....

  5. How is this a 5k car?

  6. This was on BaT a few months ago. Seller sounds difficult to deal with. No thanks.


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