This Rugger is a unique and special gem of a truck, not just because it's a body on frame, straight axle 2 door convertible turbo diesel SUV with AC, but because it has been our personal vehicle for the last two years. We will miss it deeply.
Erase the less-than-stellar qualities about 2nd gen 4Runners in one swoop. This Hilux Surf is turbo diesel, 5 speed manual, 4x4, two-tone widebody with minuscule mileage. Perhaps the greatest erasure is the absolute and complete lack of rust.
Gloss black with a single orange stripe wrapping around, 'TURBO' on each quarter panel in that same shade, blacked out details and fender-mounted mirrors make this short wheelbase SUV the perfect anti-hero to the typical #rad.
Turbocharged "tall wagon" kei car that is unmistakably Japanese, FWD and with a 5 speed manual transmission and an incredible amount of room on the inside. Boost around and swallow passengers and cargo, it's all good.
This micro SUV is from a more radical time. A time when putting what fuel delivery system you had installed on the outside of your car was vitally important. Why Suzuki uses 'petrol' instead of 'fuel' is a mystery~
Achingly gorgeous and stunningly beautiful, few vehicles wield such potent nostalgia, real or imagined, as this Land Cruiser. Absolutely original, you can check the ‘authentic’ box for this classic SUV as well.
Former Japanese fire department pump transport truck, this retired double-cab Nissan hardbody is certainly an attention grabber. Immaculate shape, full light and siren system, and the rarest of rare options on a fire engine: air conditioning.
4.2 liters of displacement in the straight six diesel engine under the hood of this desert tan 2-door Toyota Land Cruiser with a 5 speed manual transmission. Jeep thing? Sorry, I don't understand.
Turbo diesel people hauler with incredibly low mileage, unparalleled smoothness, quad sunroof action, spin-around back seats and factory curtains. Among the most ultimate of road trip machines in the JDM scene.
Take this short wheelbase Prado wherever you damn well please, because while a road is a nice thing to have when piloting this diff-locking, 5 speed manual turbo diesel wonder, it is certainly not a requirement.
The most handsome, the most fully-featured and luxurious 70 series Land Cruiser around, this HZJ77 is the top trim 70 you could buy in 1992. Think of it as the ‘Gentleman's Cruiser’.
All of the whiz-bang flash of butterfly doors but the mechanical requirements of heading to your local parts store, slamming your fists on the counter and screaming ‘TOYOTA TERCEL! TOYOTA TERCEL!’. The Sera is easy mode for JDM ownership.
Character pumps through this truck like diesel and oil, a silent confidence betrays the absolute monster of longevity that sits just under the paint. This truck, this Hilux, is the purest expression of automotive immortality you will ever see.
Nothing out there looks like this compact two-door turbo diesel 4x4, and that's before you get to the 'two-door turbo diesel' part. If you look really closely you'll see that the fog lights are 'Bosch' brand.
Pristine short wheelbase soft-top variant of the legendary 70 series Land Cruiser. All the hits, diesel engine, manual transmission, solid front and rear axles, air conditioning, new top, new interior. Virtually flawless.
This is a compact body on frame, solid axle front and back, turbo diesel powered, 5 speed manual transmission driven 2 seat hardtop trail buster. Bonus PTO winch mounted on the front bumper.
Turbo charged 4WD micro SUV with a 660cc 5 valve per cylinder 4 cyl engine making 64 hp, in a brilliant blue with a 5 speed manual transmission. Plus, air conditioning!
Turbocharged all wheel drive hot hatcback that can fit in your back pocket. Slam you way through the manual transmission and be surprised by how fast you are actually going before you shift into 5th.
An Eastern German design by way of 90s Japanese Japan, the Nissan Rasheen is WEIRD in a way few vehicles can match. A short, squat wagon with a 5 speed manual transmission and full-time all wheel drive, AC and even a driver's side airbag!
This bright yellow stock Honda Beat with 19,000 miles (!!!) is like driving in its pure, distilled form. Rear wheel drive, drop top, mid engine and a 5 speed manual with an excellent stereo to boot! Plus yellow, so dang yellow.
This revision 3 turbo SW20 GT is special indeed. White, hard top, 5 speed manual, limited slip differential, with the JDM 3S-GTE cracking out 242~ horsepower and under 40,000 miles. THAT sort of special.
The 90s, a glorious time where Daihatsu decided to lift their Mira turbo hot hatch, stick the spare on the back and give it full-time 4WD. Turbo, 5 speeds, 4WD and the reddest seats you ever did see.
A time capsule to the late 80s, when a business man in Tokyo would bomb down Japanese highways late at night to make it to the next meeting in another city. This Soarer is a 'business executive coupe' and is, essentially, a Supra in a 3 piece suit.
Classic farm truck from rural Japan with a 2-Stroke 550cc engine.
No nonsense one owner J77 work truck from the Land of the Rising Sun. Full aluminum roof rack and rear ladder, 5 speed manual transmission with a diesel heart and a 24v electrical system.
A typical white kei truck, what makes this Suzuki special is the incredibly low mileage while also being 4WD!
Originally wearing a koreisha mark indicating former ownership, by an elderly person in Shōnai, this little white Suzuki van is a gem, a treat, and a joy for all. Clean, cute, low mileage with glorious working AC.
Top of the line Suzuki Every from 1991, 5 speed manual turbo charged AWD little monster with full-time 4WD, wicked sick body kit and a driving style best described as 'hilariously fun'.
This short wheelbase 70 Has the big-boy HZ straight 6 diesel under the hood, the OEM Toyota electric winch on its chin, front and rear locking differentials between its wheels and a 5 speed manual driving it all. Plus, a sunroof!
This clean cut blue-on-blue Prado is an idealized form of SUV. Seemingly carved from a solid block of steel and riding on a full chassis, with a turbo diesel engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. Gorgeous.
Under 55,000 miles on this turbo diesel, 5 speed manual, absolute top-trim level 4x4 van. Forget the Chamonix package, this SUPER EXCEEDS any other L300 Delicas. All the options are here including the thick pile carpets and dual batteries.
Straight 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission, cloth seats, one non-smoking owner, never abused. Extremely rare combination of words to describe an 80 series Land Cruiser.
Full-time 4WD, 7 seat, rear engined, dual air conditioned, rad wheeled, manual transmission, sun sun windows, 15,000 km. You thought Subaru’s Brat was weird, wait till you meet her very alternative cousin, the Subaru Domingo.
Two-tone pearl and gold paint. Full-time four wheel drive. Turbo diesel engine. Factory front bull-bar and fog lights. Luxurious interior. Fantastically rad.
Somehow navigating the decades to arrive here, on the other side of almost 40 years, is impressive. It is also an all original untouched gem of a classic Japanese workhorse.
Say hello to the king of every #vanlife post, many overlander's dream, and one of the coolest family haulers you could ask for.
Just look at this guy, take in the saturated 90s graphics on the side, the under 40,000 miles on the odometer and the clean and original also-90s interior that awaits inside.
The Daihatsu Rugger (or Fourtrak in the U.K., Rocky in the rest of Europe and Taft in Indonesia) is a small, tough as nails, turbo diesel powered compact SUV. This one happens to essentially be brand new.
Lots of people compare the AZ-1 to more common exotics. If you pull up in an AZ-1 ALL the attention in yours, ~real~ exotics wish they could draw the eyes this guy does.
The holy grail, this is a 1985 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR. It's equipped with the 2.4 liter turbo diesel 2L-T 4cyl engine, a 5 speed manual transmission and functioning air conditioning. Also that decal package.
The J70 LandCruiser series is THE LandCruiser. Depended on world wide, serving countless military, police and peace keeping forces where they might never see a paved surface, the 70 series LandCruiser is legendary for a reason.
No subtlety allowed here as this 1991 Mazda Bongo screams for you to look both where it is and where it is going. Bright construction yellow with red and white chevron bumper and tailgate. For safety's sake. Honest.
Minivans are slowly becoming cool again, and you can't get much cooler than this 4 wheel drive, 5 speed manual, Skylite roof, center swivel seat Toyota LiteAce.
Intercooler. Turbo. Wagon. The decals on the side let everyone know that this first-generation Mitsubishi Pajero is the real deal. Classic lines, short wheelbase and two doors stand out dramatically against modern traffic.
Mint condition, low mileage, Suzuki Jimny Turbo. Blue, bubble roof, and covered in decals to let you know just exactly what this Jimny is packing. Hint: It's turbo!
This is a body on frame, solid axle front and back, coil sprung, short wheelbase, 2 door turbo diesel SUV with a 5 speed manual transmission and a rear locking differential. Plus, it says 'LandCruiser' on the side.
Radical one-owner, turbo diesel, 5 speed manual 4x4 offroad monster is in gloriously original and OEM condition. Absurdly rugged without any pretending, this solid axle leaf-sprung diesel compact SUV attracts attention like few vehicles do.
Take classic Honda styling, shrink it down into a kei-class van, add half a Goldwing, grant creature comforts like air conditioning and shake well, you get this gorgeous first-generation Honda Acty Street L.
Unbeatably cute, tiny-but-mighty classic workhorse from 1980s Japan, this Hijet van is an extremely clean, super cool classic van that's ready to work or play. Under 21,000 total kms, flawless interior with the heart of a commercial truck.
The JDM brother of the USDM Montero, this Pajero is a handsome old school body-on-frame SUV. Squared lines, chiseled features and round headlights, powered by an intercooled turbo diesel engine.
Known as the Suzuki Samurai tin top here in North America, this is the JDM, kei class, turbo charged version of the tough little off-roader. Solid axles front and back, leaf springs all around, low range gearbox makes this a real-deal off-road machine