What Th'?: BMW Motorhome Edition

Despite that telltale rondel slapped on its rear section, this odd duck is not, say, some prototype 11-Series sedan. It's actually a Vixen 21 RV of late-1980s vintage. A sharp-eyed reader with a cameraphone snapped a roadway shot of one of the rare models, which left the factory powered by a 2.4-liter BMW-sourced turbodiesel producing 115 hp (and — uh oh — a Renault-sourced five-speed manual). That's all it needed, considering it's one of the smallest RVs ever built (it was designed to be "garagable"). The Vixen was the brainchild of ex-executives from GM and DeLorian, William T. Collins and Robert M. Dewey, which of course had nothing to do with the company going bankrupt three years after its first RVs were built in 1986. Vixens sold for between $40,000 and $54,000 during those years, but collectors now routinely pay up to half that for one in good condition. [Thanks to Zack for the shot.]

Vixen RV

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