Rock crawling is the art of smashing a car up the biggest set of boulders you can find until it either conquers them, or the diffs explode. Americans love it. The key to a successful rock crawler is normally a car with massive articulation, huge tyres being run at very low pressures for traction, lots of torque at virtually no engine speed and diff locks. Or, as you can see from the video above, a Hilux.
As you well know, an old-shape Toyota Hilux is the most indestructible car in the world. No matter whether you decide to drown it, torch it, crash it, pummel it or simply drop it from outer space, with a turn of a key it’ll fire back up and chug along minding its own business. But aside from being the weapon of choice for apocalypse militias, the mighty pick-up also seems to be a furiously talented rock crawler.
Highlighted spectacularly by a rather committed driver in the video below, he points his battered exoskeleton’d Hilux at a bunch of rocks and buries his foot. It totters over one to the point where the driver’s door is scratching along the floor, to then swing the other way – for a bottle of Fanta to jettison itself from the cabin – onto the passengers’ door before digging itself out of such an extreme angle (the fuel is pouring out of the filler cap for Pete’s sake) and continuing up the trail like ‘no biggie’.
How it didn’t end up on its roof, we’ll never know…Then again, for those who know the quality and toughness of these solid-front axle HIlux bakkies, it will come as little surprise. This 1983 Hilux proves yet again, that Toyota bakkies never die or fade away – they just get better with age. And can truly go anywhere.