Toyota RV-2, the revolutionary RV of the 1970s was a station wagon

The Toyota RV-2 was a revolutionary motorhome concept car presented in 1972. This unique vehicle, designed to meet the needs of leisure and outdoor enthusiasts, attracted the public's attention with its futuristic structure and innovative features.

The Toyota RV-2 had a folding extension system that allowed the vehicle's interior to be enlarged, providing sleeping and leisure space.

The Toyota RV-2 was designed for outdoor enthusiasts and those who loved to travel.

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A futuristic creation by Toyota
The Toyota RV-2 was a revolutionary concept car first presented to the public in 1972 at the Tokyo Motor Show. This innovative vehicle, designed by the Japanese company Toyota, combined the functionality of a car with that of a motorhome, offering travellers the opportunity to enjoy a unique and comfortable travel experience. Featuring a futuristic design and an innovative interior layout, the RV-2 left an indelible mark on the motorhome world.
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First experiments in car camping
The Toyota RV-2 was not the Japanese manufacturer's first venture into the world of camping cars. The 1971 RV-1 had led the way in concept, presenting a similar style to the RV-2, but with a different (and less comfortable) solution to accommodate campers. A convertible trailer.
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Characteristics of the Toyota RV-2
Measuring 4.72 metres long, 1.78 metres wide and 1.31 metres high, with a wheelbase of 2.71 metres, the Japanese concept offered the possibility of opening the rear side panels, significantly increasing interior space. It was possible to attach a tent for a roof and, by folding down the front seats, four adult beds could be obtained. The standard equipment also included a table with small chairs for eating outside. However, there was no cooker or refrigerator and it is not known whether the RV-2 offered a dedicated electrical outlet for outdoor accessories.
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The engine
The RV-2, based on the Toyota Crown chassis, had a 2.4-litre, 130 hp straight-six engine capable of 190 km/h. Practical and fast, with proven mechanics that would reduce production costs, it looked ready to go into production.
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End of the project
However, interest from motorists was not as high as hoped and the production version of the Toyota RV-2 risked being a flop. As a result, campers all over the world continued to choose between campers, caravans or tents, without a fourth alternative.
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