This is the rugged and robust 4×4 from that ideal era when the smaller import trucks were nearly indestructible

That’s how Nissan’s trucks earned the Hardbody name. So it’s great to find this 1991 Nissan Hardbody 4×4 so well presented, just like you always remembered them.

This truck looks both tough and stylish. It’s got a mean-looking flat face, and there was already plenty of flare in the fender even before Nissan’s upgraded plastic pieces that help accommodate the larger wheels on this lifted 4×4. But there’s also something attractive about the details, like the full-length pleat in the sheetmetal that remains straight on this well-respected example. And a respray of the correct Burgundy Metallic really gets this one radiating in the sunshine. But as good as this looks, it was built to be a functional pickup. You see it everywhere in useful features, from the fog lights up front to the plastic liner protecting the truck bed.

There’s more red waiting for you inside, and it all looks as well-presented as the exterior. The carpeting, door panels, headliner, dash, and seat all have a nice color and a well-resected presentation. The overall condition is a great representation of why these earned a tough-as-nails reputation. You will find useful features, like provisions for air conditioning (will need serving to blow cold again) and an AM/FM/CD stereo. And the great-looking red steering wheel has low spokes to give you a clear view to the full gauges – including a large speedo and tach.

Under the hood is what makes these Nissans so desirable. The 2.4-liter motor was just emerging as the new quality leader in the Nissan family. They took what was learned on the previous generation, and created a multi-valve fuel-injected heart. The way this one fires up reaffirms the everlasting nature of a well-maintained Nissan truck, and the five-speed manual transmission gives you full control. The motor’s level of originality will make this a true stunner as the market continues to grow nostalgic for these tough Nissans. But more than just collectable, this pickup has a lot of work and play left in it, too. The two-speed 4×4 transfer case and Falken Wildpeak A/T tires get you deep into nature. Plus, power steering and front disc brakes make it easy to run around town or the trail.

Price: $11,995

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