This week’s Throwback Thursday truck is a little piece of Hino history
The Briska was a small bonnet-type truck originally produced and marketed by Hino Motors, Ltd. The first-generation Briska debuted in April 1961 with a passenger capacity of 3 and a payload capacity of 750 kg, and shared the engine with the Hino Contessa 900. The Briska line was expanded the following year, adding a double-cab pickup (six seater; payload capacity: 400 kg), a light van (6/3-seater; payload capacity: 400/600 kg), and a panel van (with a windowless cargo cabin).

In May 1965, the Briska was fully redesigned to enter the second generation. The engine was upgraded to a 1.3-liter 55 hp unit that had been used on the Contessa 1300, and the model name was changed to the Briska 1300. The body variations were eliminated, and only a single-cab 3-seater truck was available. The payload capacity was increased to one ton, the same as that for the Datsun Truck that had been dominating the small truck market.

With the commencement of the partnership between Toyota and Hino in October 1966, the Briska underwent design changes to share components and specifications with Toyota, resulting in the release of the Toyota Briska in May 1967. At the same time, Hino began to design and develop the successor to the Briska, which was placed.