It's no secret that our preference for Japanese 4WD vehicles tends toward Toyotas, but this Patrol caught our eye. With the hardtop, the Patrol always struck us as somehow awkward, but in open-air mode this little 4-wheeler suddenly looks like a perfect summer / beach vehicle.
No hard / soft top is included in this sale so the seller is capitalizing on his limited sales window for top-down motoring. Even with this rig's location in Monterey, CA, the season is limited. This isn't going to be a practical vehicle in anyway so we figure you might as well go all-in and commit to the topless life.
The epoxy-based paint looks newish and we're hoping it's not hiding any cancerous rust. Underside shots make us think that's not an issue, and the seller seems honest in his description of things.
Oversize BFG's on chrome wagon wheels look good, though we can already feel our forearms burning trying to park this truck with that much rubber on the road.
The 145HP (!) motor now sports a Rochester carb, an alternator, and an electric fuel pump. A hand crank is included for manual engine starting which is a unique feature that could both rescue you one day as well as win a few bar bets.
The seller hasn't put too many miles on this Patrol and recommends a tune up / brake check / and alignment prior to serious useage. In addition to the missing top, there is no rear seat, and the fuel gauge isn't functional in the dash but there is one underneath.
With no reserve and a starting bid of $5,250, this Patrol could be a unique way to get in some open air 4-wheeling and stand out from the Jeeps, FJs, and Broncos. Go on Topless Patrol on eBay in Monterey, CA.
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