The enthusiast bought a rare BMW M3 in the station wagon version, the police took it from him and scrapped it
yesterday | Petr Prokopec
Foto: West Midlands Police, CC0 Public Domain
The car, which probably exists in the whole world in only a few units of specimens, had a very sad end. The buyer did not contribute to this, he used the car normally.
Fans of the Munich carmaker have been dreaming of the practical BMW M3 for decades, but they were still unlucky. The sharp Touring was officially created only as a concept in the E46 generation and did not go into series production. With the current design, this will finally change, but even before that, a few enthusiasts tried to fulfill their wishes in their own way. All you had to do was buy a standard Station 3 station wagon and embark on a demanding conversion, at the end of which the car was hung with all eM components and fitted with a twice-supercharged three-liter six-cylinder.
We do not know how many such cars could have been created, but we have only heard of a few units. But even if there were more, it is a great rarity, one of which used to drive on British roads until last year. In November, however, police stopped a copy painted with bright Java Green on suspicion that something was wrong.
The patrol obviously had to know something about the history of the M3, as it was aware of the fact that the Touring had never been in production. The specimen was therefore temporarily confiscated and sent for a thorough inspection, during which it turned out that it was composed of four cars. This is not necessarily a problem, other than as a jigsaw puzzle, the car could not have been created, but other problems arose.
The police found out that one BMW M3, from which the car was assembled, was stolen in 2018, as well as the other, which was stolen a year later. These cars were then paired with two common station wagons, which served as donors of the body and panoramic window. This in itself is problematic, Mark Wheaver from the Central Department of the Traffic Police further points out that the cars were welded together in such a poor way that the term “mobile coffin” is justified.
“This BMW looked great on the outside, the painting was really great, but once you scrape off the paint, you’ll find that it was only spot welded and is structurally dangerous. A layer of paint will not really save your life in an accident, “said Wheaver, adding that no matter how much someone did the welding work, he had already done a lot more work with removing all traces. However, due to more frequent thefts, the police already employ experts who can also decipher the origin of individual parts.
“Patrols monitor the entire region, stopping and inspecting every modified vehicle due to stolen parts. And if the stolen components are discovered, such a car will face the same fate as this M3, “added Wheaver. He thus referred to the really sad end of the unofficial sharp Touring. The car was officially recognized as not only stolen, but dangerous and therefore not complying with road regulations, after which it was scrapped.
At the same time, the police advise those interested in a bargain purchase to insure themselves against fraudsters, for example, by insisting on paying a deposit by card. At that moment, they will have at least some clues to trace the true identity of the recipient of the money. And if he is reluctant to pay, it’s a sign that something is wrong. At that moment, you need to put your feet on your shoulders, otherwise you may be pulled even more due to a possible crime. This did not happen in the case of the enthusiast who bought this car, the police did not conclude that he knew about the origin and condition of the car, he was said to have acted in good faith. But his dream car did not meet much good …
This unofficial BMW M3 Touring was welded from four cars, two of which were stolen. It was therefore scrapped, and the owner was not involved in illegal practices. He lost money and a car. Photo: West Midlands Police, CC0 Public Domain
Zdroj: West Midlands Police