Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.
ClassicCars.com Journal contributor Tyson Hugie was a panelist in the Collector Car Symposium at the Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 Scottsdale Auction. The topic? Predicting tomorrow’s collectibles. One of the vehicles on Tyson’s list as possibly being popular (read: more expensive) with collectors in the future is the 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner. For this reason, this 2002 4Runner SR5 4X4 for sale on ClassicCars.com by an Omaha dealer is our Pick of the Day. (Click the link to view the listing)
4Runners of this generation came with either a 2.7-liter inline-four with 150 horsepower or a 3.4-liter V6 with 183 horses. Today, we can expect 270 horsepower from the V6 that powers the current 4Runner, (which is actually more than the V8 that was available in the previous generation). The six became the only engine available in the U.S. starting in 2001; ditto the four-speed automatic transmission, as the five-speed also was missing from the order form.
Seller claims this 2002 4Runner SR5 4X4 is a “like new” one-owner vehicle with 122,000 miles. It’s loaded with options that include cruise control, AM/FM/CD, limited slip differential and moon roof; not mentioned is air conditioning, but the pictures do show that it is equipped with cold air. This 4Runner also features the Sport package, which consisted of color-keyed fender flares, bumpers and grille, projector-type fog lamps, hood scoop, sport seat fabric, adjustable headrests, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4.10 rear differential, 16-inch alloys and more.
So, what will it take to get this future collectible in your garage? $17,900. For old-world body-on-frame style with a dose of special interest, it’s worth checking out, so to view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.