We’re all familiar with the long and legendary line of Toyota pickups known as the Hilux, which was renamed as the Toyota pickup, and later the Tacoma. But they are of a lineage that goes back to Hino, and its Briska pickup that dates back to 1961, and was adopted as Toyota’s own after it acquired Hino. And this new pickup lineage came to replace Toyota’s own pickup, the Stout, which was sold in the US as the Stout 1900 from 1964 to 1969. They were not uncommon in californai and other parts of the West Coast.
CC Cohort mincholandia found and posted a couple of Stouts found in El Salvador, including this rather rare double cab version, which needless to say, was not imported to the US.
The first generation Stout was built from 1954 to 1960, and shared quite a bit with the Toyopet Master, from the front half of its body right down to the ladder frame and solid front and rear axles. The Master was designed mainly fro taxi cab use, hence the truck-like underpinnings.
The second generation appeared in 1960, now sporting independent front suspension and new styling. Like its predecessor, it used versions of the R-Series ohv pushrod four, from 1.5 to 2.0L. The Stout 1900 sold in the US obviously used the 1.9L version, essentially the same engine as used in the Corona.
It should be noted that the Stout was a notch bigger than the diminutive little Datsun pickups sold here at that time, and was rather better suited to US-sized expectations and body sizes.
The Stout was kept in production until 1978, and the grille of this one suggests it’s from the later years of its life.
That applies to the double-cab version too. These were more popular in developing countries, as they were big enough to do some pretty serious work. And plenty rugged too. As in the name.
Obviously, the double cab version involves a bit of rear overhang. And an aftermarket “fart can” muffler too, on this one. Wonder if it’s still the original engine exhausting through it?