Nissan Desert Runner Registry

Based on the Nissan D21 Hardbody Pickup the original Desert Runner was an option package for the standard cab, short bed, 4x4 pickup truck that offered a custom offroad package with special paint and equipment similar to Nissan's Baja race team. Based on photographic evidence, Desert Runner equipment showed some variability during production and modification. Production of the Desert Runner was limited and actual survivors rare, and in 2013, at 25 years old, the Desert Runner will be considered a "classic".

Little official documentation on the Desert Runner program and it's vehiles exists on the internet. One of our goals is to change that and this registry we will be adding information as we can confirm data. Another goal is to have all the surviving Desert Runners registered before the trucks birthday in 2013.

Registration is free and open to any and all current owners of this rare offroad machine. Stay tuned for details on how to register your truck. If you want to upload photos of your Desert Runner please click here. We will pe partnering with to develop services for this site.

Sorry, Nissan doesn't offer the Desert Runner any more, but they still make a fine truck. To find a deal on a used Nissan 4X4 click here.

If you have photos, documentation, or information regarding the Nissan Desert Runner please contact me at

D21 V6 4x4 Specs

The Nissan D21 Hardbody Pickups used for the Desrt Runner program arrived in the United States from Japan as standard production 4x4 pickups. The white standard cab, short bed, 4x4 pickup trucks were then sent to a yet to be determined modifcation facilty for paint and graphics and the installation of the lifted offroad suspension, roll bar and lights, steps and bumpers, as well as the spare tire mount in the bed that so charachterized the Desert Runner from other 4x4 trucks.

Model Year: 1988
Manufacturer: Nissan
Type: Nissan "Hardbody" PickUp
Production & Assembly: Kyu-shu-, Japan
Class: Compact pickup truck
Body style: 2-door truck
Layout: Front engine, four-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0L VG30i V6 145 hp (108 kW) (1986.51989)
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/overdrive/5-speed manual

Paint and Graphics

Offroad Equipment

Registered Desert Runners

Owner: JeffB     Location: Georgetown, Texas     VIN: XXXXXXX
Mfgd:     Purchased: 08/20/11     Registered: 08/23/11

Register a Desert Runner

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Desert Runner Links


We would like to thank the following people and organizations for assisting us both in the restoration of our Desert Runner and it helping us locate and collect Desert Runner data and information for this archive. If you would like to assist us in either mission please drop us an email.

  • Harvey Huber at Huber Auto Repair in Georgetown, Texas
  • Mark Brinster at Nissan of Chesapeake.
  • Paul Algarin at Yokohama Tire Corp Motorsports .
  • Scott Williams at Custom Sounds in Austin, Texas
  • Tim at Hubcab Annies in Austin, Texas
  • Micheal Morrison of Round Rock Nissan
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