Flawless 1983 Toyota SR5 Shines on the Auction Block
Beautifully restored exterior and a modified suspension system make this classic Toyota pickup a show-ready off-roader.
While flipping through the vehicles sold during the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2019 auction, we came across a 1983 Toyota SR5 pickup that we thought was either a stunning restoration or a truck that had been stored since new. It turns out that it was subject to a full restoration, but the project didn’t just return the classic Toyota pickup to its original form.
Instead, the exterior sports the classic look, but the suspension and chassis have been modified to handle the roughest off-road situations. Then again, would you really want to risk smacking this stunning Toyota into a tree?
This 1983 Toyota pickup has the look that every lover of ‘80s pickups wants, regardless of the brand or model. It is lifted with bright polished aluminum wheels wrapped in big, beefy tires and a chrome roll bar in the bed carries a set of off-road lights, complete with the smiley face covers. It is painted in an awesomely-‘80s beige with triple-tone brown stripes and the chrome trim on the front end matches the bright wheels and roll bar. The listing points out that while the truck has been fully restored, this is all factory sheet metal and in rust repairs were performed, so this truck has clearly always been cared-for.
On the inside, this 1983 Toyota provides its first hint of being modified (other than the obvious lift kit), with Master Craft Baja R/S bucket seats, custom door panels and a RetroSound stereo system. It should be noted that this truck has factory power steering and factory air conditioning, so it is as luxurious as it is off-road-ready.
More Than a Lift
Speaking of off-road-readiness, this classic Toyota pickup is powered by the original 22R 2.4-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, but most of the other key components under the skin have been upgraded.
The truck has been lifted 2.5 inches with help from a set of Northwest shackles and Fox Racing 2.0 remote reservoir shocks that also allow this classic Toyota to handle the roughest terrain. That lift kit makes plenty of room for the 17-inch American Racing wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires, and to turn that big meat, this truck has 5.29 Richmond gears in the front and rear.
The only bad news about this sweet 1983 Toyota SR5 pickup is that is sold last month at the Palm Beach auction with a hammer price of $33,000. Fans of classic American performance cars often question whether Japanese performance vehicles will prove to be valuable collector’s items as they get older, and that closing price proves that they do. Granted, this truck likely cost a pretty penny to restore and modified, but at $33,000, this truck sold for more than three times what it would have cost when new.