Estimates indicate that maybe fewer than 900 examples of the military BXD10 version are still in use today. The BXD20 supply is no doubt even scarcer. This makes the Mega Cruiser one of the rarest vehicles one could buy today and certainly one of the least known vehicles that Toyota built. That’s why seeing one at auction is an event, especially when that example has a story.
This Mega Cruiser selling at a Lloyds auction in Australia is the military version and was reportedly imported into the country for filming the 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong. After the filming, the Mega Cruiser ended up at the now-closed Tank Ride in Queensland and is now proper museum material. It is fully functional, though, as you’d expect from a reliable Toyota built in 2000.
The Mega Cruiser comes with air conditioning onboard for the passengers's comfort. It flexes a 15B-FTE 4.1-liter diesel engine delivering 151 horsepower to its portal axles through a Japanese-built Aisin four-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed center differential lock. The BXD10 features four-wheel steering, which gives it a small turning circle, despite being more than 200 inches (5.1 meters) long.
Two feet (61 cm) of ground clearance ensure that no obstacle is too big to pass. It’s impossible to register in Australia, though, or at least very complicated to have it street-legal. According to The Drive, the same Toyota Mega Cruiser was offered for sale in the past, with an asking price of 100,000 AUD (67,200 USD).