Business in the front. Party in the back.
Some things are just too beautiful for this world. Among them, you can count the Toyota RV-2. Introduced at the 1972 Tokyo Auto Show, the RV-2 concept combined the best parts of a two-seater sports car with the nomadic convenience of a camper trailer.
From the B-pillar forward it was a sharply styled Japanese GT car, but aft of that, featured two fold out clamshell panels to make a four-person tent. It was built on the Toyota Crown platform and powered by a 130-hp 2.6-liter straight six channeling power through a five-speed manual. It’s pretty much long-haul driving nirvana—from Toyota of all places.
After its debut in Tokyo, Toyota distributed brochures to gauge interest of the RV-2 in the US, but in the end there wasn’t enough for a production run. We would encourage Toyota to revisit the idea. We’re thinking a long wheelbase FRS/FT86 with the same pop-up camper roof and integrated barbeque grill.