Shop vans are cool. Built by cool people who know what they hell they are doing. Just like this awesome Toyota Hiace from Japanese Classics in Richmond, Virginia. Japanese Classics is the purveyor of all things Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), it’s like the H-mart of cars or something like that. A couple months back I noticed that they listed their shop van for sale, and I drooled for a couple hours over it. A van with a body kit is love at first sight. What can I say, I like vans.
Today I noticed it’s still for sale, who wouldn’t want this amazing piece of van-artwork?
What is a Toyota Hiace?
The Toyota Hiace debuted in 1967 as a passenger vehicle and commercial- use vehicle. The fourth-generation (which is this model) debuted in 1989. It seats up to eight people and both rear seats are removable for larger stowing capacity. It was so reliable and sturdy that the base platform was even used as an ambulance.
This particular Toyota Hiace has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that cranked out 118 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission puts the power down to the rear wheels. Can you say drift van? Plus, just like my Toyota Previa you access the engine via the front seats (love surprising mechanics with that). It is currently sporting 115,000 miles, to this van that’s nothing. And as you can see it looks much better than the stock Toyota Hiace. Japanese classics updated the front valence, it was given larger 18-inch wheels, and more obviously a “Japanese Classic” vinyl sticker was slapped on the side.
I LOVE VANS!
I’m unfortunately not sitting on top of a pile of cash. If I was I’d have a collection of cool vans. Seriously, vans are awesome and you should go buy it. Priced at $11,995 this is a bargain!