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The Hilux prior to its abuse.

The Indestructible Hilux is a Legendary vehicle seen multiple times on Top Gear. It is a red Toyota Hilux pickup truck that has been subjected to so much punishment that it has almost lost its shape. It is most prominently featured in the fifth and sixth episodes of Series 3, when Jeremy Clarkson and James May put Toyota's claim that the Hilux was indestructible to the test.

Series 3, Episode 5

The Toyota was purchased from a farmyard by Clarkson, who began to try and kill it (to be classed as dead, you had to not be able to start the engine or drive it). He walked all over it, drove it down some steps, very carelessly drove it around Bristol, and into a tree. It was pretty much unscathed, the only damage being to the bonnet, which folded in after it plowed into the tree. Clarkson then attempted to drown the car in the Bristol Channel. This seemed to work, but amazingly, despite no spare parts, the mechanic got it working again after clearing away all the silt. The only damage done was the windscreen coming off. Clarkson soon took it to the test track where it was dropped from a crane, crashed through the production office after replacing the windscreen, and then a caravan was dropped on it, which only succeeded in pushing the roof in and preventing the doors from opening. Jeremy's final attempts were hitting it with a wrecking ball and setting fire to it. Astonishingly, it survived.

Series 3, Episode 6

Following Clarkson's failure to kill it, May stepped in. He decided to place it on top of a 23-storey tower block which was being demolished. While the exterior and chassis were damaged to the point where the bodywork was holding the chassis and the vehicle was barely recognisable, the mechanic (again, using no spare parts and only simple tools) reconnected the battery terminals, refilled the fuel tank, and astonishingly still managed to restart the engine and drive the truck to the show studio. Clarkson, after surveying the damage, suggested that they build a plinth to honour the Hilux for all time.

Later appearances

The Hilux plinth has been built in the studio and has been seen since Series 8. The pickup was referenced several times in the third episode of Series 8, when Jeremy, in the process of constructing his Toybota, showed a montage of their various attempts to destroy it. After flipping the Toybota, back in the studio, Jeremy attempted to start it up again. After he failed to do so, Richard commented that he actually destroyed the Toyota Hilux.