Cool Car Find: 1985 Toyota “Back to the Future” Truck

Dreaming of fixing your timeline, ensuring your own birth, and saving Hill Valley from the deprivations of Biff Tannen? We’ve got the truck for you.

Another Kind of Time Machine

1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com
1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com

When it comes to Back to the Future cars, the DeLorean DMC-12 time machine naturally gets most of the fan attention. But another, Marty’s 1985 Toyota Pickup, is undoubtedly the franchise’s second most iconic vehicle. This month’s Cool Car Find is a painstaking replica of Marty’s dream car, a 1985 Toyota Pickup SR5 4×4 complete with KC lights and gnarly off-road tires. The truck may lack a flux capacitor, but its vintage good looks do a good job transporting back to the mid-80s, nonetheless.

The internationally renowned Toyota Hilux, marketed in the US simply as the Toyota Pickup, was in its fourth generation in 1985. For many, the Hilux/Toyota Pickup is the pinnacle of durability. Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear famously demonstrated as such by taking one and dropping a caravan (camper) on it, drowning it in sea water, burning it, demolishing a building around it and still getting the darn thing to start. For the Toyota Pickup, simply persisting through the decades is its own form of time travel.

Back to the Future Lore

Toyota Truck in Back to the Future - DJracerTT03 on youtube.com
Toyota Truck in Back to the Future - DJracerTT03 on youtube.com

The Toyota Pickup shows up early in the first Back to the Future film, appearing on Marty’s walk home from school. As he and Jennifer walk through Hill Valley, Marty notices a brand-new Toyota Pickup on a flatbed pulling up to the Statler Toyota. He muses on how nice it would be for the two of them to take that truck up to the lake together for the weekend. “Someday, Jennifer. Someday,” he says wistfully.

Back to the Future Part III race scene - imcdb.org
Back to the Future Part III race scene - imcdb.org

That day came sooner than Marty would have guessed. Upon his return from 1955 at the end of the movie, Marty finds the black Toyota Pickup in his driveway, another perk of the “fixed” timeline. In Back to the Future Part III, the truck plays a vital role in changing Marty’s future. When challenged by Needles to a race at a stoplight, Marty puts the truck in reverse rather than race, thereby avoiding hitting a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Back in 2015, Jennifer had heard Marty’s mother telling their daughter about how Marty had hit the Rolls-Royce, been sued and injured his hand, which ended his musical aspirations as a guitar player. By not racing Needles, Marty alters his destiny.

Features and Extras

1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com
1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com

This specific ’85 Toyota Pickup is a faithful replica with all the right touches. It’s lifted, sports 15-inch wheels wrapped in knobby Goodyear Wrangler tires. It’s got a shiny black paint job, brush bar and rollbar, and signature KC lights. There’s even a Statler Toyota plate guard and vanity plate reading 2BAK860 (accurate to the second and third movies). Under the hood is a classic of Toyota engineering, the nigh-bulletproof 22R-E 2.4L inline-four which is paired with a five-speed manual feeding power to a two-speed transfer case and all four wheels. Despite the mileage, the truck looks to be super clean and in excellent condition.

Additional Back to the Future gear - carsforsale.com
Additional Back to the Future gear - carsforsale.com

And that’s not all that’s included. For the true Back to the Future superfans, there a slew of extras that come with the truck that include a hover board, self-lacing Nike sneakers, color-shifting hat, a copy of Gray’s Sport Almanac, a “Save the Clocktower” flyer, a “Re-Elect ‘Goldie’ Wilson” mini-poster, a Statler Toyota banner, and two sleeping bags.

All For a Good Cause

1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com
1985 Toyota Pickup - carsforsale.com

Perhaps the best part of this listing is the consignor says all proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. While most Back to the Future obsessives will be busy re-creating the DeLorean time machine, like this one, you can roll around Hill Valley in Marty’s sick 4×4 instead.

And you can safely bet this Toyota pickup, even with over 200,000 miles on the odometer, is going to be a heck of a lot more reliable than just about any DMC-12 you’re likely to find. And as the seller notes, with this Back to the Future Toyota Pickup, “you can enjoy taking it to Lone Pine Mall or driving your own Jennifer up to the lake.”

For more automotive legends of the silver screen, here’s our list of the top 10 movie cars of all time.

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Chris Kaiser

With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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