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Pick of the Day: 1971 BMW 1600 that’s been transformed into a pickup

The unusual custom is powered by a later-model inline-6 engine


In 1991, there was an R&B hit called Things That Make You Go Hmmm, and I would submit that the Pick of the Day, a 1971 BMW 1600 transformed into a pickup, would be one of those things that make you go “hmmm.”

As in, hmmm, why would someone decide it’s a good idea to cut off the backside of a vintage BMW coupe and replace it with a pickup bed?  The result is certainly distinctive, and possibly handy for toting a few bulky items, but… hmmm.


Another custom feature that’s not quite as perplexing is the boost in power afforded by a later-model BMW inline-6 engine in lieu of the original 1.6-liter 4-banger.

“Originally powered by a 1.6L M10 inline-4, this car has received a transplanted E36 2.5L straight-six giving it quite the power and response,” says the Okahumpka, Florida, dealer advertising the ersatz pickup on ClassicCars.com. “Shifting is through a 4-speed manual gearbox.”

Other added features include M sport seats, a custom exhaust and upgraded audio system. The BMW shows just over 40,000 miles, the dealer says, although it’s not clear whether that’s total mileage or the miles put on since the car’s transformation.

The BMW originally was painted white but redone in burgundy at the same time it received its pickup bed, which the seller says has wood trim and a rubber-mat floor.  The car runs and drives, the seller adds, and is likely quite fast.


In the photos with the ad, the pickup looks reasonably well-built and in nice condition, with a sporty interior for two in a cab that is open in the back.  The car wears later-model BMW basket-weave wheels and wide tires, with fender flares installed.  

So, for those facing that existential automotive dilemma of wanting a sporty car but needing a pickup truck, at least for small loads, that BMW could provide the answer. Of course, you’d have a lot of explaining to do everywhere you go, and you’d have to put up with a lot of people going “hmmm.”

The price for this apparently unique BMW pickup is $18,999.

Okahumpka, by the way, is an unincorporated community in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, which in the 2010 census had a population of 267.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. More easy to take a real pick-up and turn it in cabriolet.!
    And more beautiful, imagine the old handsome Chevy 48 with open cabin
    All the best !
    Paul Reuillard architect!

    • It’s already highlighted in red, which should be apparent unless you have one of those old-fashioned Muntz TV black-and-white monitors

  2. Well, there you have it. The answer to the question that nobody has ever asked! All for just a little more than 18k. Maybe the top wasn’t salvageable, so this was the only reasonable answer. It’s quirky enough that it might appeal to someone, but at that price, good luck.

  3. Why? The question should be: “Why not?”- it’s a one-off reasonably well done, the bed doesn’t detract from the car’s already boxy styling, and owning something unique appeals to more than just car folk. Not a fan of the French style yellow headlamps, and (my opinion) I’d have painted it something more eye-catching; Torch Red, or white with BMW MSport livery to simulate a race team support vehicle. But this is beside the point- I didn’t build it and am not in the market, but someone lavished a lot of attention on a sprightly but way underpowered sedan and made something different.
    That’s the point. I like it, but I’d prefer a twin turbo I6 and more color. Just me, don’t need a lil trucklet anyway.


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