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      05-07-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Birthstory of the BMW 3 Series Touring: a Family Man, $13,000, and a Wrecked E30
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Did you know that the BMW 3 Series Touring had its origins in a wrecked E30 3 Series sedan? BMW engineer Max Reisböck created what became the prototype for the first 3 Series Touring based off his desire for a larger and roomier car, by way of a $13,000 budget, a friend's garage, and a wrecked E30 sedan.

The video below tells the story - The story about the invention of the BMW 3 Series Touring and the beginning of the lifestyle touring. Engineer Max Reisböck wanted to go on vacation with his family, but in the mid 80's regular BMW's were too small for his luggage. That's why he invented the BMW Touring out of a wrecked 3 Series Sedan. Finally, the board of BMW took over his idea.



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      05-07-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Hah, now how random was that? A man just wanted to stuff more crap into his car to go on vacation and couldn't and just so happened to work for BMW. BAM! 3-series Wagon. Thanks for posting this vid, I love stuff like this.
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Great, post. Definitely understand the inventor's mindset with a new addition of my own. Plus, compliments to BMW to having the openness to listen to employee suggestions.
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Great info.
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      05-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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Who knew.

Very cool indeed!
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Love it!...this is great stuff....

There was one done in the early 70's....lookup Bimmer Mag May 2013.
Its a converted E3 done by a distributor in the UK (who enlisted Crayford Engineering of Westerham, Kent to do that actual conversion)...Only 10 or so were made.

An Austin Maxi tailgate was used in the conversion.

Love those wagons!

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Really wish those e30's came stateside
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That's pretty awesome.
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