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eBay Insanity: BMW WRX S-line

Antti Kautonen July 12, 2012 For Sale, Terrible Ideas 35 Comments

What you see in the above photo is no ordinary UK-registered E60 5-series BMW, even with a rear screen wiper. Nope, the car in question is apparently a silver 1993 Subaru Impreza.

Confusing? Wait until you see the rest of the car.

Ta-dah! You’re not getting a BMW at all, but an Audi. Excellent! By buying this Sonic Blue Mica-coloured what-the-hell-is-it, you actually get three cars for the affordable price of one. The current bid as of time of writing hovers somewhere at 1,500 GBP, so it’s even cheap for a JDM import WRX – as that’s what it is underneath, or in the middle.

By the way, is the Audi ring emblem so difficult to pry from the grille, that it’s been easier to just blank it with what looks like dashboard-grade rubber?

The middle section is still unmistakably Fuji Heavy Industries, even with the doorhandles smoothed over. By the way, I love the integration of the rear door with the Bangle butt trunklid shutline. It matches!

Did I say the doorhandles are done away with? Not the driver’s handle. Apparently the guy likes to play it safe, in case the remote keyfob fails.

Inside, things are pretty normal. The steering wheel is a terrible abomination, but otherwise there isn’t anything out of the ordinary Impreza WRX-ness. The speedo has been converted to an MPH one, which suggests the Impreza has been in the country for some time. This probably means the underbody doesn’t look too good, as used JDM cars driven for years in the UK usually have significant rust problems unless the standard-issue Japanese underbody treatment has been beefed up.

Under the hood, the boxer lump lies where it should. It does look like the hoses have been sourced from Blue Man Group, and you can see the strut towers are stil stock silver; meaning that the engine hasn’t come out when the car has been modified.

There are several possibilities to try to rationalize the transformation of the Subaru. One: the car has been shunted from front and rear, and instead of finding suitable Impreza parts the guy has only had to make do with an Audi front clip and a BMW butt. Two: the guy really can’t decide what he likes. Three: He’s a serial hit-and-runner, and really likes to confuse eyewitnesses. At least the plates are the same, front to rear…

So, for 1,500 GBP and with nine days left in the eBay auction: Would you grab it?

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[Source: Ebay UK]

  • dukeisduke

    Looks like a high school auto body shop project. They must have let one of the seniors paint it.

  • mnm4ever

    Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD do something. There was a tremendous about of effort and cost put into this, and the actual bodywork looks very well done and proportional. And in the end, its completely worthless as it doesn't appeal to anyone except the guy who did it, and it would be too cost prohibitive to put back.

  • <img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3421/3354538923_8e1c9c521e.jpg&quot; width="500">

    Bring the job back around full-circle by finishing the exterior as above, then drive it and let people wonder.

  • Someone really hates Audi. And BMW. And Subaru, I guess. Jeez.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    I hate shopping for new cars because I can never decide what brand to focus in on. This solves all of that!

    This really is done surprisingly well…

  • bhtooefr

    Why do I simultaneously love and despise this thing?

    I mean, the reasons for despising it are obvious, and I'd never own it… but I love how well put together this joke of a car is, and I kinda love how wrong it is, too.

    It serves as a huge "screw you" to anything resembling good taste, and I'd like to think the owner was intentionally going for that, instead of being a riceboy (especially given that it has no badges).

  • BAMacPherson

    Someone who loves German aesthetics but prefers Japanese driving dynamics? Big props for integrating everything so well. Granted, we can't see what it looks like behind the paint, but from 10 feet away it doesn't look half bad…

  • Looks like someone tried to make a generic "sports sedan". Something like you would see in a commercial or a video game too cheap to pay licensing fees.

    • bhtooefr

      That reminds me of Live For Speed's "FZ50" for some reason.

      Nissan 300ZX nose, 911-esque greenhouse, vaguely Ferrari 575-esque rear, and B5 Audi A4 interior (to the point that they forgot to scrub Audi logos).

      Oh, and a 3.6 flat-6 in the rear. Yup, it's a 911 clone.

  • Kentmx25

    question i have is why is there a what looks to be a rubber floor mat in the engine bay?

    • dolo54

      To keep the intake from rubbing the side of the engine bay? A bit of padding zip tied around the intake would be better probably.

      • dolo54

        not intake – turbo pipe rather.

  • tiberiusẅisë

    Throw a Jaguar leaper on the hood, prancing horse on the fender and a bowtie on the decklid and I think you've got it just about covered.

  • RealDonn

    Badge it with Smurf faces.

  • MVEilenstein

    He made all the body lines match up without looking like a complete hack job. Everything is well-proportioned. He built a car that is completely unique and can't be duplicated.

    I'm going to say it now – HOTY nominee.

    • Seconded!

      No, I take that back.
      I think.
      Or not.
      Half way.
      Oh my, am I really having this deliberation?

      • Tiller188

        Right there with you — not my cup of tea, but I'm amazed how well he actually made that work. The upright Subie greenhouse feels a little off, but that is some impressive body work!

  • TX_Stig

    When I saw the rear, I was reminded of when that generation of 5 series came out. The rear reminded me of an Impreza rear. Not enough to mistake the two, especially if side by side, but just enough to notice. What an homage.

  • Plecostomus

    You know what, I can explain this car.

    This guy likes to run from the cops, and having a car that looks like three completely different vehicles depending on which end you look at it from is actually pretty clever.

    Other than that, the only other explanation I have is EUROPE. Whatever it is that seems to inspire the ricer in Europeans tends to yield some really BIZARRE results… come on, you guys know EXACTLY what I mean, that questionable "custom" look that is distinctly european and exceptionally gawd-awful.

  • luisthebeast

    If there has ever been anything I'd want to burn to the ground, it's this abomination.

    Colin McRae is turning over in his grave.

  • tiberiusẅisë

    My question is this. What motor should he swap in now that the exterior is done?

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      Turbo Ecotec, maybe? Has to be something American… or perhaps Swedish; a boosted Volvo whiteblock or Saab four would do.

      • tiberiusẅisë

        I like the Volvo idea because they're so boxy on the outside and this original one is a boxer. Get it? Box.

        I didn't sleep well last night.

    • B72

      More than anything that has come before it, more than anything that could possibly follow, this car is the perfect candidate for a small block Chevy!

  • Van_Sarockin

    Excellent mashup, and not over the top. You can see the logic to the choices, and it works remarkably well. So much for manufacturers having independent design directions. And very economical, since he can piss off the fanbois of three marques with only one little car.

  • Very impressive work combining all those cars together. I almost thought that I was looking at one genuine car, not a mashup.

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