TAKE A look at this photo.
Doesn’t this BMW 3 series pick-up look like the epitome of eighties ‘Retro Cool’? Now, if you were a multi-millionaire, money no object kind of guy or girl, wouldn’t you want to get your hands on one of these?
Perfect for our Spanish summer, strap your surfboard to the back, pop on your Rayban Wayfarers and slip off to the beach … or better still, the beach bar.
And wouldn’t you be really disappointed to discover, even with all the money in the world you will never own one? Because there is only one in existence and you can’t have it!
Back in the day, before off- road 4X4’s became as popular as Chelsea Tractors, pick-up trucks were considered to be the cool way to transport stuff around, particularly in the USA
Built as a prototype in the mid 1980’s and honed from an E30 3-er Convertible bodyshell to make use of extra bracing, this was the BMW design team’s attempt to get into the pick-up market.
Although it looks like a pretty good attempt, the bigwigs at the top decided against production, so the BMW never made it past this prototype stage. However someone at the car giant must have loved it and this vehicle actually served 26 years at what is now BMW M Division’s base in Garching, near Munich.
It was used to transport heavy equipment and parts around the plant, and originally featured the Italian-spec M3’s engine – a downsized 2.0-litre variant, with 190bhp, built to duck under a tax threshold in Italy – but the revered 2.3 found its way under the bonnet eventually, unlocking a proper 198bhp. It was retired four years ago to make way for newer pick-up… Hmmmm wonder what that looks like?