DOTS: Suspiciously Clean Trunkless 3er Edition
I spotted this suspiciously clean BMW 318 TI on campus and I forgot what an oddly proportioned car these are. Where has this thing been hiding all these years?
You can see in this image that one headlight is nearly opaque from UV damage while the other one is spotless. Perhaps it had been crashed and only passenger side headlamp was replaced. Or perhaps they are in the middle of a headlight restoration. Who knows.
When BMW lopped off the trunk of an E36 3 series to make an oddly proportioned hatchback, no one knew what to make of it. These are incredibly uncommon and this is easily the most well preserved one I've seen in years.
You can see here that both the driver's and passenger's seat have been pushed forward so presumably it carried at least four people to this spot. These have way more rear seat legroom than they have any right to.
Sadly this 3er compact was an automatic. This view of the rear reminds you of just how much larger some modern BMWs are. Look at how little room it occupies in this parallel parking spot!
Somme people dislike the clearly hacked together nature of this car but I love all the more for it. Sure, it's not particularly well proportioned and quite awkward looking, but it's got character.
So, what do you think of this crazy clean 3 Series compact? I wouldn't turn this out of my garage.
spacekraken last edited by
squeeee it's so cute! These use a bunch of parts from the previous E30 if I recall.
Dr. Zoidberg last edited by
@whoistheleader I love these. Looked at two, bought neither. Missed out on an M-sport as well.
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by WhoIsTheLeader
@dr-zoidberg They're like adorable little dogs. It's such an oddly proportioned car but they're so likable!
@spacekraken They are adorable little things. Not strictly good looking but lovable in their awkward proportions.
TheDutchTexan last edited by
I had a cousin who had one in the Netherlands. It was his pride and joy. I never saw them here.
@thedutchtexan Well admittedly I'm not sure what reason there was to buy one over a regular 3 Series given its limited engine options over here. I like them but I don't understand why they exist as they do. Or why BMW thought it was worth their time to sell them here. No one was looking to BMW for a cheap city car.