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November 18, 2012

The 1972 Toyota RV-2: A Concept RV That Never Got A Chance

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I was looking on Pinterest when I found this awesome Toyota car that pops up into a tent.

1972 Toyota RV-2

According to Wikipedia, it was a concept car that was never mass-produced.

The RV-2 was a 2-door wagon concept car shown during the October 1972 Tokyo Motor Show and the April 1973 New York International Auto Show.

Styling was up-to-date with sharply formed edges and large rectangular headlights. The front bumper covered only the corners, allowing the grill to be much more prominent than normal. The roof line terminated behind the large door on each side. Above the rear waistline were a pair of side hinged clam shell doors covering the entire rear section. An integrated roll bar terminated the body work and also formed a place for the clam shell doors to seal. The clam shell doors met each in the middle of the roof with no centre support. When the doors were raised you could stretch a tent between them. Two adults could sleep in the tent section and another two adults could sleep on the front seats, which could fold down flat. Finally, the rear section included a full width tail gate with a wind-down window nestled under the rear roll bar.

A fully working prototype in RHD was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and reviewed in the August 1973 issue of Penthouse magazine. Toyota also printed a large number of a brochure for the USA market in order to gauge the market reaction. It was generally well received but apparently not enough to put it into production. The brochure included sketches with the steering wheel clearly shown on the left hand side but the photographs of the real vehicle hid the steering wheel – which was on the right hand side.

You can see the brochure after the break…

1972 Toyota RV-2 brochure

1972 Toyota RV-2 brochure

I really like the design of this car. It would interesting to see a teardrop trailer designed with a clamshell opening like this. The only problem with it is there is a huge way for water to leak into the car if the opening isn’t sealed correctly.

1972 Toyota RV-2

1972 Toyota RV-2


1972 Toyota RV-2

1972 Toyota RV-2

Photos via: 1972 Toyota RV-2 – Concepts

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