1986 Toyota 4Runner Is a Total Time Capsule

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Toyota 4Runner

It isn’t often that you come across such a jaw-dropping, original example of an early 4Runner. 

For the most part, scouring the Internet for diamond in the rough finds is a fruitless task. For every nice old Toyota truck we spot, there are thousands of rough, unloved examples. But every once in a while you strike proverbial gold. And when we laid eyes upon this incredible 1986 Toyota 4Runner, it was truly love at first sight.

Toyota 4Runner

We spotted the time capsule over at Canyon State Classics, where it looks like it just emerged from a local dealership floor. Rarely do you see any Toyota 4Runner from this generation, or anything else for that matter, in such remarkable condition. But this Bronze Metallic beauty looks every bit as good today as it did back in the mid-80s, with a flawless interior and exterior.

Toyota 4Runner

Of course, the seller has done a little work to make it perfect. The original decals were obviously faded, so new ones went on. The wheels have been powdercoated and wrapped in fresh BF Goodrich K02s. The seller also installed a 3-inch Old Man Emy lift, but nothing we’d call classless. On the inside, all they had to do was clean it up. Everything was already perfect, including the 4WD gauge pod!

Toyota 4Runner

With a tune up and some basic maintenance, the original 2.2-liter allegedly runs like a top. As it should with only 93,000 miles on the odometer. Overall, this classic 4Runner is one of the cleanest original examples we’ve ever seen. Somebody obviously babied it over the years, which isn’t common with these tough off-roaders.

Toyota 4Runner

And that’s where our conundrum comes in. You see, as easy as it is to resist the urge to buy most of the trucks we come across, this one hit us right in the feels. And we’re guessing you’ll feel the same way!

Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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