1986 Toyota 4Runner Is a Total Time Capsule
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!