A recent camping trip in a friend's Westfalia Vanagon inspired discussion and investigation into car-camping and more recently, roof mounted camp tents.
At Billetproof, this vintage roof-mounted job inspired further investigation.
As seen 11/12/11 in Lone Pine CA at the crossroads of Highway 395 and the road to Death Valley - this Rover with North Carolina plates and a roof mounted tent.
Obviously, the idea has been around for a while...
1922 in Nevada
This book claims the roof top tent was a 1949 Nash 600 option.
Spectacular wing shaped box for storage for the Aero Cabana.
Is that a Fiat 1100?
Of course Land Rovers and roof-tents go hand-in-hand:
The Topbunk on a Plymouth Horizon!
Homemade Bug Tent
In 1971Toyota came up with the RV-1 - a sporting 'recreational vehicle' with a pop-top trailer - read more on hardtuned's Motoring J-Style blog
The following year, Toyota followed up with the RV-2. This concept featured a pop-up tent into the hinged rear openings.
Below: The pop-top craze fueled by Dormobile and Westfalia
The traditional Westy pop-top camper.
Bigger is better....?
Westfalia style concept
The Phoenix - kit car expandable camp tent!