Toyota's "Tacozilla" Tacoma Camper Is a Tribute to '80s Overlanding

Toyota‘s contribution to SEMA 2021 came in the form of the “Tacozilla” Tacoma Camper. Celebrating the recent popularity of overlanding, this camper looks to the past for a ’70s and ’80s-inspired overlander.

This “micro-house” on wheels is not only full of TRD performance parts but also features a list of custom modifications to the truck for outdoor living. Putting in over hundreds of hours of work, the Toyota Motorsports Garage has reinforced the frame, created a pass-through opening between the Tacoma’s cabin and the camper structure, added a large pop-up Lexan skylight for ambient light and natural air circulation, separated the fuel tank filler from the camper, installed a second battery in the engine bay, and gave the Tacozilla a retro-inspired paint job of vintage yellow, orange, and bronze.

Designed and built by Marty Schwerter and his team at the Toyota Motorsports Garage, Tacozilla is 100% custom.”We really didn’t want it to look like a refrigerator on the back of a truck, so you’ll see it’s all rounded edges,” said Schwerter. “Tacozilla is an outstanding symbol of Toyota’s go-anywhere brand promise to our many owners who love overlanding and outdoor fun,” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing. “It’s going to be hard to miss Tacozilla, whether walking the SEMA show or at that campsite or off-road trail!”

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