I Don't Always Build Subaru BRAT Clones, But When I Do, I Start With A 7-Series

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
i don t always build subaru brat clones but when i do i start with a 7 series

No, this isn’t a LeMons car. Nor is it some hillbilly answer to the age-old question, “What good is an old German luxury sedan?” Rather, it’s a Kamerawagen, designed for filming of some sort. Presumably it was converted back when the six-cylinder, five-speed E32 “Siebener” on which it is based was new.

More pictures and a link after the jump; thanks to Mirko for the heads-up.

The 730i was produced between 1988 and 1994, putting out a relatively tepid 188 horsepower in Euro trim. TTAC’s Best and Brightest can no doubt figure out if there was a US-market pickup which would have delivered more for less; obviously the first-gen SVT Lightning would have bitch-slapped this Kraut back to the Ardennes.

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  • SherbornSean SherbornSean on Dec 24, 2010

    If BMW design is best characterized as the same sausage, in 3 sizes, then is this the BRATwurst?l Sorry; Couldn't resist.

  • Panzerfaust Panzerfaust on Dec 24, 2010

    I thought maybe it was a test mule for the pope's new ride, why would he want an EV when I'm sure BMW, Mercedes, Audi or VW would be happy to make his new papstmobile?

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