Friday, April 15, 2011

1984 BMW 323i Pick Up Truck

I first saw this car listed for sale about 2 years ago. I was going to write about it then, but I couldn't find anything about this being "authorized by BMW", as the seller states.

I still can't find anything about the history of this car. It's possible that BMW built a few of these as design studies or to use as a parts hauler around the factory, I guess.

No matter who built it, somebody (or a few somebodies) put a ton of work into it. Besides turning a 3 Series into a truck, they did a lot of custom performance work, using a lot of (expensive) Hartge parts. It's very well done.

Being very well done doesn't mean it's good looking, however. I like small pick ups and I love BMWs, but I'm having a tough time with this. It would definitely look better without the graphics, but still... It's just not "right".

This is the type of vehicle that would stop people in their tracks as you drove it down the road. It would be a star at any German car show. There's a lot to be said for that, but if I were going to drop $18,000.00 on another BMW today, I'd buy a nice used, stock, M Coupe. This is a vehicle for someone who wants something truly unique.

Located in Lake Barrington, IL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

4 comments:

Blair Russell said...

What a wacky, wacky vehicle. And I'm someone who once saw on the road a converted camino out of a 70's Cadillac.

It reminds me of the recent gag of BMW making a one-off M3 pickup, just for s**** and giggles. If only it became a production vehicle...

Anonymous said...

wow the time cashflow to come with that...its different 4 sure.....probably cleaner if it was just 1 color inside & out would be pretty cool menacing all black with that truck liner paint on the bed...

Chris Keen said...

BMW Brat? Put some rear-facing seats in that thing's bed, that'll do it.

mike said...

Sweet! It looks like a TC2 went South for the winter and then some.
Any TC2 owners out there?