World's Smallest RV? Mini Wildgoose

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
worlds smallest rv mini wildgoose

It might be hard to live down to that exact headline billing. And this Mini-based Wildgoose RV is certainly bigger than the human-powered RV we covered here. But of you’ve ever been around an original Mini, you’ll be able to appreciate the scale of this rig.

If it helps to have a human in the shot for perspective, here it is. Built during the late sixties with the retired couple in mind, the Wildgoose was a pretty clever design, with its pop top, and taking advantage of the Mini’s low rear floor. With all of 850 cc and some 34 hp or so, it was designed to be puttered about the English countryside in a relaxed fashion; top speed might be about fifty.

Here’s one in its roadworthy lowered state. Someone just needs to bring one of these up to Cooper S trim.

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on May 09, 2010

    Adorable. I wonder though how much the thing weighs, and how far it has to go before it needs another valve job. I had a friend during senior year of HS who had one of these. He'd drive it the 800 mile round trip from Los Altos Hills in the Peninsula to LA and back, and have to give it a valve job.

  • Richard Chul Kim Richard Chul Kim on May 10, 2010

    I think the Japanese tentmushi, built on a kei-van (660cc) chassis has to challenge for this title! It's truly teeny. http://www.vs-mikami.com/tentmushi.html

  • FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. https://insideevs.com/news/598046/toyota-global-leader-solid-state-batery-patents/Of course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
  • Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
  • Mobes Kind of a weird thing that probably only bothers me, but when you see someone driving a car with ball joints clearly about to fail. I really don't want to be around a car with massive negative camber that's not intentional.
  • Jeff S How reliable are Audi? Seems the Mazda, CRV, and Rav4 in the higher trim would not only be a better value but would be more reliable in the long term. Interior wise and the overall package the Mazda would be the best choice.
  • Pickles69 They have a point. All things (or engines/propulsion) to all people. Yet, when the analogy of being, “a department store,” of options is used, I shudder. Department stores are failing faster than any other retail. Just something to chew on.
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