Scott Lear
Scott Lear
3/9/18 10:48 a.m.

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As the founder and owner of the BMW performance shop and racing dynamo that is BimmerWorld, James Clay knows a thing or two about making BMWs go fast around a track. He got his racing start 10 years ago with the BMW CCA, and has since risen through the ranks to compete in the Speed World Challenge, where he has several top-five finishes to his name.

In addition to his passion for BMWs, it turns out that James is a bit bonkers for station wagons. “I have always loved wagons,” he confesses. “My first car out of school was a 1956 Chevy Sedan Delivery.”

Unfortunately for James, BMW has been pretty stingy when it comes to selling their wagon models in America. Many years ago James laid eyes on an E36-chassis wagon, and he pined for one ever since. He ultimately found one, but not without some international legwork. “I bought this European-only body style BMW Touring from a friend in Sweden who located it for me after two years of digging,” he says of his 1995 wagon.

James was only interested in an extremely clean car with no rust, a tall order when shopping for BMWs that are typically used by families banging around the Alps. When the friend finally located the right car, he disassembled it and placed all of the parts in a shipping container. He sent it off to James at his BimmerWorld shop in the U.S.

Once the car was in the shop, the wagon fanatic in James started conspiring with the performance nut residing elsewhere in his brain. This humble 2-liter BMW Touring wasn’t going to be humble for long.

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CyberEric Reader
3/9/18 11:31 a.m.

Man, I've had lust for that car for years! So cool!

vbM3 New Reader
3/9/18 1:19 p.m.

Wagons are the best!!!

funfunfer New Reader
3/9/18 4:39 p.m.

Thanks to James and crew for reviving memories of the "Car & Driver" series of Boss Wagons from , and I'm guessing at this, the '60s-'70s.   

MazdaFace HalfDork
3/9/18 6:58 p.m.

i love it

TreDeuce New Reader
3/10/18 12:24 a.m.

As a long roof fan, I built a 2002 525I Touring and replaced the drive train with an m5 engine and gear, keeping only the steering rack of the 525i.  It is not a race car, but it is a quite satisfying touring car and I should have kept it.

Randy_Forbes New Reader
3/10/18 7:40 a.m.

Wow James, nice car.  Has all the good stuff on it too!

By the end of the second paragraph, I'm thinking BMW Sedan Delivery...

Start with a 2-dr coupe body, and graft the back half of the wagon (roof & tailgate) onto it.  Solid panels aft of the doors (no side glass behind the longer coupe doors).  Maybe re-profile the  trailing edge of the door glass to match the angle at the tailgate.

Should probably work out the details on a 1:18 scale model first!

Maybe a 5 Series would have better proportions for a starting point...

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