Hot or not? 1991 Patrol with 50,000km on the odo

ByDean MellorOctober 20, 2020
Hot or not? 1991 Patrol with 50,000km on the odo

Check out this low-mileage 1991 Patrol cab chassis we found while scouring eBay… with just 50,000km on the odo!

When it comes to low-mileage 4X4s it doesn’t get much better than this eBay find: a 1991 Patrol with just over 50,000km on the odo! That means this red beasty of a Nissan has only averaged around 1700km per year for the past 29 years.

So whaddayareckon? Is this 1991 Patrol Hot or not?

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TD42 donk should last another 200 years or so.

The Patrol runs a TD42 4.2-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine which, when new, managed to produce a modest 85kW of power at 4000rpm and 264Nm of torque at 2000rpm, and with such low mileage we reckon this example should still be able to make those claimed peaks. After all, according to the advert it’s always been serviced and maintained to a high level. If you want more grunt, you’ll be happy to hear that TD42s take kindly to fitment of a turbocharger and intercooler.

Anyway, the venerable TD42 has an enviable reputation for robustness, reliability and longevity, so you could probably get another 350,000km out of this one before a strip-down… which at the Patrol’s previous rate of 1700km a year would mean you’d get another 200 years or so of trouble-free motoring out of it.

Although this red fire truck carries a pump and tank in the pics, it’s being sold as a cab chassis as the vendor wants to hang on to the fire-fighting equipment.

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As you can see from the pics, the Patrol has ventilation and a heater, but no air conditioning, as was the norm for a base-spec tray-back in the 1990s. Luxury items include a push-button AM radio, a driver’s bucket seat and… well, a driver’s bucket seat, while safety kit includes three-point seatbelts and headrests for outboard occupants and a lap belt for the centre position.

Tyres? It doesn’t get better than 7.50R16s on OE steelies, ladies and gents.

How much would you expect to pay for such a rare and low-mileage machine? The vendor is after $19,900. Here’s the link if you’re keen.