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Redusernab Truck Thursday: E36 BMW-3 Series….Pickup Truck?

Redusernab February 23, 2012 Redusernab Truck Thursday, Project Cars 16 Comments

My buddy Matt Gruettner, who owns one sweet modified BMW M3, sent me a  picture of the back of this thing over Facebook with the caption “Guess what it is?” My response: “What the hell?” At first glance it looked like some heavy-duty truck from behind with a collection full of lights you’d find on a carnival ride or ambulance. Either that or it looked like some failed Soviet-era space shuttle that somehow ended up in Winona, Minnesota. (Say that last sentence in a Russian accent for fun)

After  a few more pictures were sent to me, it clearly turned out to be a blue E36 BMW 3-Series made into a pickup truck via some crazy custom backyard job. This car was spotted ironically outside the local Fleet Farm. How do ze Germans say “Yee Haw?” Years go, BMW partook in an April Fool’s prank by of a new BMW M3 pickup truck. This looks a bit more, shall we say, aftermarket. So anyone want to take a guess on the payload capacity? Looking at this photo, I can only imagine what it’d be like to drive this “truck” if it had the 310-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 I6 Euro motor (that my friend Matty crazily has in his M3).

But what about all that loss of structural integrity after chopping off the back of this what I think, was once a four-door car, judging by the rear fenders. My other question, is does that rear lift-gate actually open up, and if so, what kind of strange things lies in the bed of this  Lastkraftwagen (“truck” in German). I love seeing all sorts of bizarre custom creations with wheels, so this BMW 3-Series gets a two thumbs up rating from me. Oh, and I really dig the wheels! [Source: Matt Gruettner]

  • BMW does NOT have a V-6 motor. You mean I-6. I used to seeing this on Craigslist, but not here.

    • Haha, I guess I saw that just as you posted this and I edited it. Sorry and thanks.

  • aastrovan

    Looks like it got hit in the back and then converted to this dubious achievement.

  • Idiots

    … especially if this is their other option.

  • Devin

    I prefer Audi.

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    Image blatantly stolen from which has been running a series of fascinating articles on historic Chinese cars, which include things like a van with no back doors, and a weird plastic hatchback with Acura Integra headlights.

  • I just scrapped an E30 "pickup" shell. The car had previously rolled, so they cut off the bed and made it a "Toyota – good for Jihad" truck.

    I can attest that structural integrity after cutting it down was flimsy at best.

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  • What amount of functionality is gained by doing this? Seriously, I want to know.

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      Well…it's all the pickup truck functionality most daily-driven personal pickups require in the US.

      • This probably gets better fuel economy, though.

    • If it had been rear ended and essentially destroyed (as I suspect it was) then any creative salvage that keeps it on the road, is in essence, a gain.

      This is exactly what I would do with a wreck like that. In fact, I wouldn't mind the wrecking part either. .

      • dukeisduke

        I agree; it could have ended up as a Toyota.

  • So much win all in one place! My head might explode.

  • Jim-Bob

    The cool thing is that the E36 has become worth little enough now that someone would actually do this. While the E30 is nicer looking, the E36 is actually a better chassis to play with because it has better weight distribution. With that in mind, I have been looking at the list that Craig made lately to see what I could get a clean, broken E36 for. So far, it seems that $1500 is the sweet spot for one with a single major issue that still has good cosmetics. With parts cheaply available in the self serve yards now, it is getting mighty tempting. I also found a V12 XJS convertible in running condition with a bad transmission for the same money (It uses a GM TH400, so the rebuild is about as costly as for a Chevy truck). What to buy, what to buy…

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      The Jaaag is a tempting option, especially with all the money you're saving when you drive your Metro instead!

      By the way, New Hampshire license plate 'SH4GU4R' is taken by a late XJ-S convertible, if that's any inspiration.


    I'm surprised this was not posted yet!

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    This is what happens when people with nearly unlimited resources get the M3 pickup idea in their heads.

  • wilco40

    Used to be common crap out here when I was a kid in the '60's. Your rusted out family sedan, not worth trading in, or the one you backed over the trunk with the Massive-Ferguson, got flatbedded or sheetmetaled into a light duty farm fetchit. Worked well with old body on frame stuff. Best trick was to cut and fold the roof down to make the back of the cab. Feed bag hauler, huntin fishin' beater, teach the kids to drive, etc.,etc. Fellow around here had an early '70's Ranchero that cancered out, flatbedded it and called it the "Rustero". It's not all rednecks doing this kinda stuff, sometimes ya gotta work with whatcha got, and it's all good fun when your'e done !

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