Daihatsu Trek

Going where no man has gone before is a bit difficult when so much of our world has been explored. (Except for the oceans, but Elon Musk did say he was going to turn his Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me into a working submarine, so you just wait!)

In 1985, Daihatsu had a solution to helping people get out-of-doors—maybe even really close to nature—without the need for a massive off-roader. To my knowledge, it's one of the few small urban vehicles that could take its sole occupant off the beaten path.

How far? It would probably depend on bravery!

This is the year in which Daihatsu apparently showed 32 concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show, so it's no surprise that each filled a very, very, very small niche. In the case of the Trek, once you were at a place to camp, with a few minutes' work, you could fold everything down into a flat deck and erect a tent on top. Yes. this is literally a tent on wheels…

With Japan's low-speed vehicle classification (even Mitsuoka made a little Messerschmitt look-alike), you could conceivably drive this into downtown Tokyo en route to Mount Fuju, but even with a front-mounted winch, there's little to suggest this was more than a rolling concept. A shame. 

But after a few hours of people watching at the airport yesterday, this may seem like a trivial thing to ask, but…where does your camping gear go?!


* I don't normally use watermarked images from places that have no business watermarking their non-original (often manufacturer-sourced) photos, but the ones from allcarindex.com were the few I could find with the tent up.