07:37 PM 24 Oct, 2022

10 Most Unusual BMWs

The Bayerische Motoren Werke brand was founded in 1916, and in 1928, after acquiring the Dixi car factory, it launched its first car.
Over the next 89 years, the company has become famous for many interesting models, and we will look at a dozen rare ones that have never appeared on our roads and it is generally unclear how they were born.

BMW Hurrican (1964).
One of the most unusual BMWs in history. The Hurrican is a show car based on the production BMW 1800ti, built by a group of design students led by Max Zelaus from Kaiserslautern, using elements from the Ferrari 250 LM, as well as Jaguar, Volvo and Fiat; the engine is from the 2000 Ti model. Despite the fact that nominally the car dates back to 1964, it was actually built in 1967, and the 64th is the year the base chassis was manufactured.

BMW Hurricane
BMW Hurrican (1964)

BMW 2000 ti Coupé (1968).
At the Paris Motor Show in 1968, a one-off model was presented with an amazingly beautiful body from the design studio of Pietro Frua. Floy was clearly drawing on another of his projects, the Monteverdi 2000 GTI car, and thus BMW acquired very uncharacteristic features for itself. However, before that, the designer had already worked with the Bavarians, making for them another model in the same spirit - BMW / Glas 3000 V8 Fastbackcoupé. The car was not directly related to the plant - it was ordered by an unknown buyer directly from Frua.
BMW 2000 ti Coupe
BMW 2000 ti Coupé (1968)

BMW 2800 Spicup (1969).
Concept car with a 2.5-liter engine, built by bodybuilder Bertone based on the BMW 2000 CS. Unlike the two previous cars, this car was made by direct order of the Bavarian company. This was not the first collaboration with Bertone in search of new forms for the sports coupe. After being shown at the Geneva Motor Show, the prototype was purchased by a private buyer and used as a regular car.
BMW 2800 Spike
BMW 2800 Spicup (1969)

BMW 1602 Electro-Antrieb (1972).
Especially for the 1972 Olympic Games, BMW built a small series of bright orange 1602s with an electric motor. The cars were intended to accompany the marathon run and a number of other competitions, and the electric motor did not pollute the air around the athletes.

BMW 1602 Electro-Antrieb
BMW 1602 Electro-Antrieb (1972)

BMW Turbo (1972).
Another car built specifically for the 1972 Olympics. The car was designed by designer Paul Braque, the creator of the famous Mercedes-Benz W115, on the chassis of a BMW 2002. Two such show sports cars, accelerating to 250 km / h, were built - both were shown at BMW stands during the Games, and also led the parades of athletes.

BMW Turbo
BMW Turbo (1972)

BMW 528i GT Coupé (1976).
Another example of collaboration between BMW and Italian designer Pietro Frua. As before, he did not work directly for the Bavarians, but for the Glas company, which was engaged in BMW tuning (and was later absorbed by the Bavarian company). Many of Frua's works of that time defined the classic look of serial BMWs of the late 1970s and early 1980s, although none of his developments went directly into series.

BMW 528i GT Coupe
BMW 528i GT Coupé (1976)

BMW Karmann Asso Di Quadri (1976).
This concept car with fairly realistic proportions was developed on the basis of the BMW 320 (e21) by ItalDesign Giugiaro. Unlike other concepts, Asso Di Quadri was not made as a show car, but specifically for assembly line production - but the project was curtailed for economic reasons.

BMW Karmann Asso Di Quadri
BMW Karmann Asso Di Quadri (1976)

BMW M3 Pickup (E30) (1986).
The pickup truck based on the M3 sports car first appeared in 1986, and then was "repeated" several times with other generations of BMW sports cars. It was not a show car or a joke - initially the car was intended to serve the company's racing projects and, for example, quickly deliver spare parts or rubber along the track to the pits.

BMW M3 Pickup (E30)
BMW M3 Pickup (E30) (1986)

BMW Ur-Roadster (1990).
Oddly enough, BMW's own design department was formed quite late, only in the 1980s, before the company used the services of invited designers. The Ur-Roadster was one of BMW's first wholly in-house designs and became the basis for the future Z3.

BMW Ur Roadster
BMW Ur-Roadster (1990)

BMW Nazca C2 (1992).
In 1991-1993, BMW collaborated with the Giorgetto Giugiaro studio - the famous designer created a series of conceptual Nazca supercars by order of the Bavarians. The car used a 5-liter 12-cylinder engine with 380 hp. and was quite a promising supercar for small-scale production of those years, but it remained in a single copy.

BMW Nazca C2
BMW Nazca C2 (1992)

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