Polar Exploration Truck Goes Up for Auction

Toyota Tacoma set world record to South Pole in 2011

Dec 31, 2014
Outside Magazine
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The Polar Truck's odometer reads just over 14,000 miles from its trip to the South Pole.    Courtesy of Russo and Steele

Still looking for that perfect gift for the polar explorer in your life who has everything? Well, now you can bid on an Arctic-outfitted, world-record-holding Toyota Tacoma that already has one trip to the South Pole on its odometer. Russo and Steele auction house will accept bids for the vehicle at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, from January 14 to 18.

  Photo: Courtesy of Russo and Steele

The Tacoma, dubbed Polar, was originally modified for the Thomson Reuters Eikon Polar Expedition, which set the world record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole in December 2011. With the mileage of the 692-mile one-way journey, Polar’s odometer reads just north of 14,000 miles, according to the auction website.

  Photo: Courtesy of Russo and Steele

Polar was customized for the expedition. In anticipation of temperatures low enough to shatter bearings and explode fuel, designers at Arctic Trucks invested $400,000 for after-market modifications. They installed a 4.0-liter TRD supercharged V6 engine, a 330-gallon extended-range fuel tank, military-grade steel, 44-inch Mickey Thompson Icepack tires, and a Garmin GPS 526 navigation system.

The buyer will also receive a treasure trove of memorabilia from Polar’s record-setting run, including the original driver’s license for Antarctica and the trip’s log notes.

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