The Taiyo 4WD Toyota Hilux was released in 1984 as one of the first vehicles based on Taiyo’s classic 3xC+9V and 4xC+9V chassis.
It was commonly associated with the real-life Toyota Hilux across a large range of models in the 80s, perhaps most famously as the Taiyo Super Roader. These would be sold in markets across the world for over 10 years as Taiyo, Dickie, RadioShack, and other brands.
While it’s slow by today’s standards, there’s still something about its bulky chassis and fat tyres that make us want to take it off the shelf and give it a run!
This one is fairly simple, with just the rear canopy/cover as a feature. Others had winches (powered and un-powered) and similar tricks.
The fact so many of these remain in excellent condition, available online for reasonable prices is testament to Japanese quality… oh and the price of 4xC batteries in the 80s!*
*No seriously, this car would eat through 4xC batteries with every run, Alkalines! And this is the 1980s, so you’re talking serious money every time you turned it on, making it a special occasion when mum/dad let you have a go!