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Robert Emslie January 3, 2013 Last Call 26 Comments


What The Chassis

Every once in a while we like to look at a car or truck from a new perspective – that of someone over which the vehicle is leaping.  This one is more of jacked up than inflight, but that till gives an excellent look up its skirt, so to speak. Without resorting to external resources, can you identify it?

Source: [hey, that would be cheating!]

  • Rover1

    BMW 5 Series E28 ?

    • Scandinavian Flick

      That's my guess as well. The distinctively curved front lip and the slightly off center exhaust are the main clues.

  • Bob

    I was thinking BMW also…mine giveaway was the rear axle mounts.

  • EAM3

    E23 BMW

    • Rover1

      My other guess.

      • EAM3

        The front air dam with the horizontal slots is (as far as I remember) an E23 only design cue.

    • Yeah, i think so.

    • Bubi

      Yep, the exhaust to the left …E23

  • Rover1

    And is it a four or a six ? The motor seems to go along way forward, so I'm guessing a six ,but which one? The big old one or the newer small one?

  • CJinSD

    I'll say E21. The struts being located longitudinally by the anti-roll bar is a clue.

    • Stef

      E21 was the first 3 series, and it had rack and pinion steering gear. This car definitely isn't rack and pinion. And those hoses coming from behind the wing cell compressor… is this thing turbo charged? Time for another cup of coffee.

  • Stef

    I'm agreeing with the e12 guess, maybe a '78ish 530iA with a pretty refurb fuel tank and Eberspacher replacement rear exhaust section. I don't remember the 3.0 M30 having an oil level sensor in the middle of the oil pan… maybe an engine swap upgrade to the 3.5? The composite photo makes it look like FrankMW.

  • RichardKopf

    W126 Benz is my guess.

    • That was my reckoning, too. At a glance. Don't want to look too closely or spend any more time looking at the photo though in case I get obsessive and it ruins my weekend.

  • Steve

    I forget the fancy BMW name, but maybe a 1985 633Csi?

  • OA5599

    It's a trick. The front of the car is a different picture. There is an obvious seam mid-transmission.

    For a real challenge, name the make and model number of the 2-post lift.

  • wolfie

    It seems as if Hooniverse could post a picture of a lug nut,and somebody would know make,model and left or right hand thread.

  • E39

    The mounting of the spare tire is wrong for any BMW 5. They are all mounted horizontal. Having said that, there sure are a bunch of BMW looking parts under there. I agree with OA5599, it is 4 pictures poorly put together.

  • m4ff3w

    I think all 4 pics are from the same car, just the angles of the pics are different as the composer moved about under the car.

    I'm fairly certain it is a E23. Referenced by the vertical spare tire carrier

  • JTuhka

    Compare the diff and rear floorpan to this minty BMW E23 745i Turbo:

    The exhaust is different for obvious reasons (Catless euro version with less heat shields).

  • BlackIce_GTS

    Those are semi-trailing arms, right? I remember that being an old BMW thing. Which seems a much less esoteric derivation of the same conclusion than some other people are making (upright spare?).

  • Looks like a lot of e12 to me (based on my time under the Uberbird), but the spare disqualifies it as such. e23 makes the most sense, as they were just e12s scaled up a bit.

  • fede6882

    2002? the rear suspension looks very bmw…

  • X11 Fan

    I think its a Mercedes.

  • i like this idea, we need more of these.