This 1985 Toyota Hilux has been painstakingly restored to the same specifications as the now legendary truck. Back to the future that Marty McFly coveted all those years ago.
The DeLorean DMC-12 will always be the car most closely associated with the Back to the future trilogy, and for good reason, however, the black Toyota with its yellow KC Daylighters also marked the hearts of a generation.
Quick Facts – A McFly Toyota Hilux
- Beginning in 1985, the “Back to the Future” trilogy would go on to become one of the most memorable film franchises of the era, if not of all time.
- The three-movie series made the DeLorean even more famous (but for good reason this time). It also made the Toyota Hilux an instant celebrity and object of desire, not just for Marty McFly, but for a whole new generation of movie buffs.
- Perhaps a little confusing, the Hilux was renamed “Truck” and/or “Pickup Truck” in the North American market beginning in 1975. In most other world markets, it was known as the Toyota Hilux .
- The 1985 Toyota you see here has been restored to the exact specifications of the truck from the movies, it is currently for sale and it comes with replica Nike self-lacing shoes, a licensed Hoverboard replica and an R/C version of the truck.
Back to the future
Back to the future is one of those timeless cinematic events, like Star Wars or Indiana Jones, that immediately becomes a major part of the cultural zeitgeist.
In the 1980s, anything seemed possible, technology was advancing rapidly, and it looked like we really would have flying cars in the 2000s. Shit, maybe we would even have time machines.
There were many memorable vehicles in the series, including Mr. Parker’s AMC Eagle Wagon, George McFly’s BMW 733i, and Biff Tannen’s 1946 Ford Super De Luxe. That said, the two most memorable were the DeLorean time machine (in its various guises) and the jet-black 1985 Toyota pickup.
Both the DeLorean and the Toyota instantly became objects of desire, an unusual sensation for the former no doubt after the fiasco of its creation.
This desirability remains unchanged today for both vehicles – in fact, the DeLorean Motor Company is now arrange a return as a manufacturer of electric vehicles, and a company named The factory of the future was founded a few years ago to build accurate replicas of the original Toyota truck from the movies.
Video above: This half-hour documentary tells the story of the rediscovery and restoration of a pickup used on screen in Back to the Future. It’s not the same truck listed in this article, it’s included here because it’s a fascinating (and relevant) story.
Marty McFly’s Toyota Pickup
The truck used in the movies which is now better known as Marty McFly’s Pickup was a 1985 Toyota Hilux Pickup Deluxe 4×4 Xtracab fitted with the 2.4-liter 22R-E four-cylinder EFI gasoline engine – according to to connoisseurs on the dedicated Fandom wiki.
1985 was a significant year for the Hilux as it was the last year that a live axle front end was offered in many world markets, including the United States. The switch to independent front suspension, combined with the rear live axle, was intended to give the truck better handling.
All of this means that if you want a Hilux with solid front and rear axles and electronic fuel injection, you pretty much have to find yourself a 1985 model.
The Marty McFly Hilux would also have had air conditioning, an AM/FM cassette, 5-speed manual transmission, black modular wheels and Goodyear Wrangler radial tires.
On the outside, it featured Smitty-built tube bumpers in the front, and in the rear, it had a matching black roll bar fitted with four KC Daylighter headlamps.
The “Back To The Future Spec” pickup pictured here
The vehicle you see here is an original 1985 Toyota pickup that has been carefully restored to “Back to the Future” specifications. It’s the right year and model type, and it’s now fitted with the correct wheels, tyres, bumpers, roll bar and lights – it even has the correct license plate and license plate frame. ‘registration.
This pickup was built by the experts at The Future Factory, they specialize in building this truck and they have partnered with Team Fox – the Parkinson’s Research charity started by Michael J. Fox.
If you want to know more about this truck or register to bid you can visit the list here. It is expected to go up for auction with Mecum in early July in Orlando, Florida.
Images courtesy of Mecum
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