• Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
The Toyota Previa minivan, available in the United States for the 1991 through 1997 model years, was an extremely sensible vehicle, though a bit cramped for American tastes and on the funny-looking side as well. The All-Trac version, with Toyota's proprietary all-wheel-drive system, sold well in Colorado, which is where I photographed this high-mileage example.



This is the kind of odometer reading that you'll see only on diesel Mercedes-Benzes and boring Toyotas. Did something mechanical finally give out, or did the interior get just a bit too stanky? We'll never know.



It appears that this van's final duties involved hauling landscaping waste.



The Previa All-Trac shared a lot of features with high-dollar supercars of its era, including a mid-mounted engine, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, and a belt-driven, intercooled supercharger.



The engine is mounted under the front seats, laid on its side with the cylinders oriented horizontally, and the supercharger and other accessories are located up by the grille and driven by a shaft from the engine.



These vans weren't made for maniacal off-road thrashing, but they were very competent in low-traction situations.


In the Previa's homeland, it was known as the Estima.

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