You might be tempted to say that this is nothing more than a Photoshop job by a talented artist with too much spare time and a soft spot for vehicle face swapping. However, what you see here is not CGI, but real footage of a Toyota that had an affair with a BMW. Created by students at the County Career Tech Educational Center in Shelby County, Alabama, the unique contraption pairs a Tacoma with a Series 3.
Specifically, we are looking at a 2001 truck with a different front fairing design from a 1987 BMW 3 Series (325i). According to the Alabama Auto Show Facebook post, these were two out-of-service vehicles, which have now morphed into a regular-cab, first-generation Tacoma with an E30 face swap.
The end result is really eye-catching, although some might argue that it’s not necessarily for the right reasons. Aside from the Bimmer treatment on the front, the wheel center caps have received the blue and white treatment indicating the BMW company badge indicating the official Bavarian colors. Side note – the propeller is just a myth as the logo was not originally designed to represent a rotating airplane propeller.
Speaking of logos, we could honestly do without the Punisher skulls to replace the interior pair of headlights, while the driver’s door alignment isn’t quite right. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting build that hardly anyone saw coming, a build that reminds us of the days when BMW’s grilles weren’t visible from the moon.
BMW is no stranger to pickup trucks, although none of the ones created over the years have seen the light of day in production. The E30 itself received the ute treatment in 1986 and was used by the factory for approximately 26 years. Fast forward to 2011, the E92 with a bed was billed as the company’s April Fool’s joke. Both trucks started out as 3 Series convertibles before receiving the pickup treatment.
The most recent show truck was unveiled in 2019 as a four-door vehicle based on the X7 luxobarge. Despite the unveiling of several pickup trucks over the years, BMW has made it clear that it has no plans to roll out a production model because there won’t be enough demand for a premium pickup truck. Mercedes learned this lesson the hard way, dropping the Nissan Navara-based X-Class after just a few years.
If you want to see the Toyota Tacoma with multiple personality disorder, it will be on display at the 2021 Alabama Auto Show starting April 15 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.