“Idea” car turns a station wagon into a recreational vehicle (Jul, 1973)

“Idea” car turns a station wagon into a recreational vehicle

Toyota recently unveiled this jazzy-looking station wagon at the New York auto show. The station wagon (bottom photo) opens into a roomy camper (top). Toyota calls this 186-inch-long car the RV-2. It seats four, and stores in any garage. But the clamshell canopy can be unfolded anytime you’re parked, and there’s enough room for the passengers to eat and sleep inside. Beds, table, and chairs store neatly inside when not in use.

Unfortunately, there are no definite plans to produce this unique RV, but it’s interesting to see auto manufacturers cooking up some attractive new ideas.

  1. Mike says: October 2, 20089:03 am

    Is that an early cell phone on the cover?

  2. StanFlouride says: October 2, 200812:58 pm

    That is the same phone that I used to have (and the last take-along phone I’ll ever own)

  3. StanFlouride says: October 2, 20081:01 pm

    That is the same phone that I used to have (and the last take-along phone I’ll ever own) It took really lousy pictures, the ring tone was just a ringing sound, it couldn’t access the interweb, play videos on a tiny screen, play music that I’d stolen, and I had to have all my pants altered to make it fit in my pocket.

  4. Charlie says: October 2, 20081:12 pm

    I posted the article about the cell phone a while back:

    If you’re ever interested to see if I’ve posted something from the cover, try clicking on the “more articles from this issue” link.

  5. Torgo says: October 2, 20089:22 pm

    Concept cars are always the coolest.

  6. Toronto says: October 3, 200812:08 am

    I *know* I’ve seen that – must have been at an autoshow.

    I’ve spent a week in a VW Westfalia – this Toyota would be incredibly cramped. But the profile would have made Simon Templar proud.

  7. el vato says: October 3, 200811:20 pm

    looks like the papa mobile

  8. samantha says: February 4, 20109:23 pm

    This would have been an awsome car for its time I want one

  9. Jason says: December 4, 20102:35 am

    I remember first seeing this interesting vehicle in a magazine long time ago. Unfortunately, it was part of a porn magazine article (Playboy, I think it was) and I was too young to read it thuroughly. I was more interested in the vehicle itself, though, than the magazine. I didn’t see it in any other magazine articles of the time. It’s too bad the vehicle was never put in production. It would’ve made an interesting RV for young couples to camp in.

  10. Jari says: December 4, 20102:34 pm

    Jason: Actually according to wiki, it was in the Penthouse. Girlie magazine =! porn. And of course we all read those magazines, because they have interesting, well written, in-deapth and contemporary articles.

  11. Toronto says: December 4, 201010:07 pm

    Jari: And fiction. Everyone from Updike to Silverstein to Atwood to Kurtzman.

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