1979 Toyota Pickup

Sale Price
20 October 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Auction House
Chassis no. RN47003357. Yellow with tan/brown stripes and a white bed cap over tan pattern vinyl. 2189/95hp, 4-speed, hub caps, bed cap, air conditioning, factory radio.

Evaluation: Sold new in California, recently purchased from the original owner out of long-term storage, and given $6000 in restorative work. The 23,474 miles showing are represented as actual. Good-looking paint with small blemishes throughout, and what appears to be some sun fading in areas. The bed and inside of the cab are beat up from use. Paint is coming off the wheels. The underbody looks very clean, and so does the interior. The engine looks recently gone through with new hoses and wires.

Looks like it was used briefly as intended for work truck duty, then tucked away for many years. So while it doesn’t look showroom fresh, in a way it’s still very much a time capsule.

Bottom Line: You don’t have to be that old to remember being able to buy old Toyotas like this for a couple grand in a parking lot, so it feels weird to see a solid but faded 43-year-old Pickup sell for roughly the MSRP of a brand-new Tacoma. What’s even weirder is that this price isn’t all that out of the ordinary. People have been restoring old Toyota pickups for a few years now, and they have been selling for this kind of money.

by Andrew Newton
28 October 2022
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