Vehicles | November 30, 2021 6:00 am

Here’s Your Chance to Own the Best Vehicle From “Back to the Future”

Wait, did you think we were talking about the DeLorean?

A 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab SR-5 Pickup Truck, Otherwise Known as the Hilux, made to look like Marty McFly's truck from "Back to the Future." It's headed to auction in December 2021 courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
Skip the DeLorean, go for this Toyota SR5.
Mecum Auctions

You can’t mention Back to the Future without conjuring an image of a time-traveling DeLorean, but it’s actually not the best vehicle in the movie. Sure, we all wanted one of the stainless-steel sports cars with the gullwing doors after we first watched Marty McFly rip a hole in the space-time continuum at 88 mph, but in real life DeLoreans are a pain to drive. 

On the other hand, the 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab SR5 pickup (also known as the Hilux) drives like a dream. At least, the super clean model that’s up for auction at Mecum’s Kansas City sale taking place December 2-4 sure looks like it does. This is the same model truck that Marty covets at the beginning of the movie and finds in his garage at the end (it also makes appearances in the sequels), one that has been customized to look like its cinematic inspiration. 

Not only does this truck have all the elements you’d hope for in a spot-on replica — including the roll bar, front and back Smittybilt bumpers, KC lights and gray interior — there are a few pieces of memorabilia thrown in just for fun. As the listing notes, the winning bidder will also receive a hoverboard, pair of “self-lacing shoes,” copy of Grays Sports Almanac, framed poster and 1/10th scale remote-controlled model of the truck.

If you’re more concerned about how the truck handles than how it looks, take comfort knowing this model has a five-speed manual transmission. Silodrome has some additional details about the specifics of this 1985 model year. 

“The 1985 Toyota SR-5 is now considered one of the most collectible pick ups from the Japanese marque as it was the last year to have the live axle front and back, and the first year to have the desirable EFI engine option,” Ben Branch writes at the site. “Later trucks for the USA market would all have independent front suspension for better road handling, combined with a live axle rear.”

While there’s no price listed for this truck, be aware that the hammer price will likely be high enough to make Doc Brown yell, “Great Scott!” A similar replica sold through Mecum in October for — no joke — $110,000.

If you’re not convinced of the Toyota’s supremacy, we understand. The DeLorean will always have a place in our hearts. But if you are interested in bidding on this SR5, online and telephone bidding is open for the Kansas City sale if you can’t make it in person — you’ll just want to get in touch before this weekend as details about the truck’s history are sparse in the listing.