Jalopnik, Oppositelock and those who live here are known for their love of the wagon, or estate, or shooting brake, or avant, or whatever you'd like to call it. I too share this fondness for a little extra out back, which is why I spent a fair amount of time last night looking at BMW 2002 Tourings instead of working or sleeping. For those of you who may not be as Neue Klasse obsessed as I am, the '02 Touring is an odd little hatchback version of my beloved 2002 that was available from 1971 until 1974. After looking through a number of Tourings, I had a thought...
What if BMW had made an E3 or E9 estate? E3's are essentially a 4 door luxury car that, while I believe they are considered a part of the 7-series lineage, would be similar to a modern day 5-series. The E9 is a part of the 6-series lineage, and included the famed 3.0CSL. Any good Jalop would have found nirvana if only BMW had produced one of these beautiful cars in estate form, right?
Well, here's the thing... They did. (Sort of)
Okay, so technically BMW didn't make an estate version of either the E3 or E9, but that didn't mean that you couldn't buy one.
Enter: Langley Motors.
In the very late 60's, a BMW dealership in London called Langley Motors had the magnificent idea to convert a few of their 3.0si's (Bavarias to us Americans) into a roomier estate form. They dubbed it, fittingly, the BMW 3.0si Estate. No one seems to be quite sure of how many Estates Langley Motors produced, but a good estimate is 10, plus or minus 2, and they were only available in the U.K. This makes the 3.0si Estate one of the rarest BMWs ever produced. And I need one.
Fun Fact: One man has owned 4 of them.
It's interesting to note the similarities between this car and the 735i Touring Prototype that BMW produced 11 years later. The rear hatch and that adorable little butt seem to have so much in common, and I think it would be safe to say that the 3.0si Estate likely had some heavy handed influences with the 735i Touring Prototype's design.
The silver Estate in most of these pictures is a 1970, and was completely restored by an American company called The Werkshop. I have included two photographs of a blue example, but my limited digging has found no information on it. A video is also attached at the bottom.