There is no class of vehicles that drives worse than RVs. Period. Who would of have thought strapping a house worth of furniture, appliances, carpeting and plumbing to a bus would have detrimental effects on a machine's drivability? It turns out there was one machine in the '80s that promised to rethink the modern RV. The Vixen was designed and built in Pontiac, Michigan to be everything the rigs of the day were not. Powered by a BMW turbodiesel engine and wearing an aerodynamic body, the Vixen was low enough to fit in most standard garages, had a top speed of 100 miles per hour and could net 30 miles per gallon.

It also happened to look like a suppository. While critics praised the Vixen for its clever packaging, which allowed a six-foot tall individual to stand up inside without ducking, the public didn't quite rush to take these things home. According to some reports, the Vixen Motor Company only managed to sell 300 original turbodiesel models, and though other variations showed up to attempt to lure in customers, a total of just 587 units were moved over three years, from 1986 to 1989. That makes it something of a novel curiosity today, as evidenced by the fact that the kitschy factory-produced video below has only just now gone viral. Check it out below.

UPDATE: A second official video has been added below.






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      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that looks like a suppository then you're doing it wrong. Slick little package.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Don G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fisker should have built something like this instead....
      aacfx09
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Vixen!! My grandfather had one of these, was before my time though.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Monaco RV makes a new version of this called the Vesta. Pretty slick looking for an RV....almost nice enough to make you sell off everything to become a full time RV vagabond.
      Richard Truesdell
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember one ran in the 1986 One Lap of America, in which I participated (http://bit.ly/12ClJ10), finishing in event was 77th place after hitting a deer on the last day in Michigan's upper peninsula (name misspelled as Truesdate) The event was more than 8,000 miles that year. The I thought they were cool and advanced for their day, but I'd still rather have a 1973-1978 GMC MotorHome (http://bit.ly/10BmRBQ), especially painted like the urban assault vehicle from Stripes.
      Callum
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw one on the way to work recently - looks really cool. http://imgur.com/a/v6cfz
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Marketing an RV as a sports car seems to be where they went wrong. I mean most people don't want their belongings strewn around the inside of the thing, so whether it handles well is kind of moot. Too bad though, because its kind of cool looking and seems competent otherwise.
      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a cross between a Trans Sport and an Aerostar
      landslowrance
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe the Vixen would do better in today's market.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when Car and Driver thought Vixens were cool. Of course in the '80s, they thought a lot of things were cool.
      ChrisLarsen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great, I'll never find one as more and more people read these articles....
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