V.I.S.I.T.: Bimmeramino!

Looks like a girl driving it too. Here's hoping Tanshanomi got her number.
Looks like a girl driving it too. Here's hoping Tanshanomi got her number.

Our most excellent commenter Tanshanomi sent in these photos of what I believe to be an E30 3-series converted to a Ute. While we still don’t understand why it wasn’t sold like this in the first place, we will begrudgingly admit that perhaps this particular model isn’t the absolute best choice for a Ute we’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s the conversion, but something about the lines just doesn’t quite work.
Having said that: am I the only one finding it tricky to tell the exact model? I admit, I’m not a big BMW fan, so I don’t have the requisite level of obsession, but in this era, the 3- and 5-series looked so much alike, and were so close in size, that the Utification has thrown me off a bit.
Also: What’s the correct term for a BMW Ute? BMW has never really had any affiliation with GM, Ford or that other one, so it’s not strictly appropriate to call it either a Bimmeramino, Bimmerallero, Bimmerchero or Bimmerpage. I think we need a name for these, in case we encounter any more, but I have no ideas.
Maybe I just need more coffee.
Okay, it does look somewhat better from this angle.
Okay, it does look somewhat better from this angle.

Aha! We've got her number! It's D3323-A! Somehow, I don't feel that this has helped us in any way.
Aha! We've got her number! It's D3323-A! Somehow, I don't feel that this has helped us in any way.

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  1. If you really want "her" number, it's (816) 363-6000 [Star Motors is a used M-B dealer in south Kansas City] …but I don't recall that being a woman driving it. It may just be wishful thinking on your part, like sailors thinking seals were mermaids because they were so — well, we all know what sailors were.
    I have no idea if this is still their parts runner; these photos were taken almost two years ago, and it was pretty rusty and disheveled back then.

    1. 84-88 had the big chrome bumpers
      89-91 got the smaller body colored plastic bumpers
      anything between those two, check the tag on the driver's door frame.

      1. That only applies to coupes/sedans. And 1988 only had the newer tail-lights but diving board bumpers.
        What I really meant is that you can't tell if it's a 318i/325e/325i without looking at the tach or under the hood.

    1. Oh, and BMW bought the Rover Group which, at the time, included Land Rover. Land Rover was then sold to Ford. Therefore, Bimmerchero would be appropriate in a tenuous sort of way.

      1. Another way to get to Bimmerchero would be:
        BMW started in the car biz. by building licensed copies of the Austin 7, the Dixie.
        Austin got rolled into BMC.
        BMC merged with Jaguar and for later Ford bought Jaguar.

      2. Through two completely different and unrelated lines of logic, we've decided on either Bimmerchero or BM-doubleUte. I'm partial towards the latter, but while it rolls off the tongue nicely, it doesn't type so well.

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