BMW 1600 from 1971 transformed into a pick-up
In 1991 there was an R&B hit titled The things that make you go Hmmm, and I would say the Pick of the Day, a 1971 BMW 1600 turned into a pickup, would be one of those things that makes you ‘hmmm’.
As in, hmmm, why would anyone decide that it’s a good idea to cut the back end of a vintage BMW coupe and replace it with a pickup? The result is certainly distinctive, and perhaps handy for carrying a few bulky items, but… hmmm.
Another custom feature that isn’t so confusing is the power boost offered by a later model BMW 6 in-line engine instead of the original 1.6-liter 4-cylinder.
“Originally powered by a 1.6L M10 inline 4 engine, this car received a transplanted 2.5L E36 inline six, which gives it all the power and response,” says dealership. ‘Okahumpka, Fla. Advertising the ersatz pickup on ClassicCars.com. “The gear change is done via a manual 4-speed gearbox.”
Other added features include M sport seats, custom exhaust and upgraded audio system. The BMW shows just over 40,000 miles, according to the dealership, although it’s not clear if that’s the total mileage or the miles driven since the car was converted.
The BMW was originally painted white but redone in burgundy at the same time it received its pickup truck bed, which the seller says has wood trim and rubber mat flooring. The car rolls and rolls, adds the salesperson, and is probably pretty fast.
In the photos with the ad, the pickup looks fairly well built and in good condition, with a sporty interior for two in an open cabin at the rear. The car wears newer BMW basket-weave wheels and wide tires, with fender flares installed.
So, for those who are faced with this existential automotive dilemma to want a sporty car but to need a van, at least for small loads, which BMW could provide the answer. Of course, you would have a lot of explaining to do everywhere you went, and you would have to put up with a lot of people saying “hmmm”.
The price of this seemingly unique BMW pickup is $ 18,999.
Okahumpka, by the way, is an unincorporated community in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, which, as of the 2010 census, had a population of 267.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.