Toyota Stout

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The Toyota Stout was a light truck produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota.

First generation

Classlight truck
LayoutFR layout
Platformladder frame
Engine(s)Type R
Wheelbase2500 mm
Length4265 mm
Width1675 mm
Height1735 mm
Curb weight860 kg
ManualService Manual

Introduced in April 1954 as the Toyopet 1¼ ton truck, it was larger than the similar Toyota SG light truck but smaller than the Toyota FA medium duty truck.[1] In 1955 it was upgraded to carry 1.5 tons.[2]

The standard body was a 2-door, 3 seater pickup with a separate well body (with a fold down tailgate). Other bodies advertised by Toyota included a van, an ambulance, double cab coupe utility (2-doors, 6 seater, integral well body), drop-side pickup, pickup with stake sides, a pickup with full height metal side with a canvas top, a light bus (precursors to the Coaster) and an ice cream van.[1][2]

All models used mechanicals common to new vehicles of its time, such as a ladder frame chassis, leaf springs, solid axles and 4 wheel drum brakes. The engine was the 48HP Type R with a manual transmission. The body was professionally finished with windscreen wipers, dual outside mirrors (1955 onwards), hubcaps, chrome trim and dual headlights.

The 1954 model was designated as a 1¼ ton truck but was actually rated to carry 1220 kg.[1] The 195 model was designated as a 1.5 ton truck but was actually rated to carry 1330 kg.[2]

In 1957 the RK was revised to become the RK30 and the RK35. The Stout name was first used in May 1959.

Second generation

RK45, RK100, RK101
Classlight truck
Body style(s)pickup
Layoutfront-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platformladder frame
Engine(s)Type R, 3R-B, 5R
Transmission(s)4 speed manual
Wheelbase2800 mm
Length4695 mm
Width1690 mm
Height1750 mm
Curb weight835 kg
ManualService Manual

Completely redesigned in 1960 this is the most familiar version of the Stout. The Japanese market had the 1453 cc Type R engine in the RK45 and the 1897 cc 3R-B engine in the RK100.[3]

Export out of Japan began in September 1967 with the RK101. In some markets (e.g. North America) it was replaced by the slightly smaller Hilux in 1968 but in many other markets (e.g. South-East Asia and Australia) it was sold alongside the Hilux. The RK101 used the 1994 cc 5R engine. Exported body styles included a pickup (2-door, 3 seater) and a double-cab pickup (4-door, 6 seater).[4]

Conventional mechanical parts were used in the form of leaf springs and 4 wheel drum brakes on a ladder frame chassis.

Third generation

Facelifted and modernised in March 1979, the Stout now looked more like the smaller Hilux but still fulfilled the same role as before. It also continued to use the same 1994 cc 5R engine.[4]

Body styles included a pickup (2-door, 3 seater) and a double-cab pickup (4-door, 6 seater).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Toyota Truck 48HP", Toyota brochure No. 228, Japan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Toyopet 1.5 Ton", Toyota brochure No. 316, Japan
  3. "Toyopet Stout, Model RK45-100 Parts Catalog", No. 53336-64, Japan
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Toyota Vehicle Identification Manual", Toyota Motor Corporation, Overseas Parts Department, Catalog No.97913-84, 1984, Japan