RIP: 1985 BMW 535i

This might be old news for those of you who follow the show scene (we confess, we don’t particularly), but a car we’ve had on here before (on multiple occasions at that) appears to have bitten the dust. Love it or loathe it, it was an instant forum/show scene classic, and it got wilder and hairier with each passing iteration, culminating in the craziness you see immediately below. What a shame.

A quick look back through the owner’s excellent portfolio:

What we said at the time:

Here’s someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously, and looks like he’s having plenty of fun. Plus, he can build the heck out of cars, which we obviously admire first and foremost.

Catch the back story here and here.

Images: Mike Burroughs

~ by velofinds on February 18, 2010.

4 Responses to “RIP: 1985 BMW 535i”

  1. For the record, I love it. While its demise is sad, it is also the inspiration for the insanity. Mike might have never went off the deep end if he felt he had “nothing to loose” after the accident which is where the damage originated. We will always have the awesome pics, and I don’t think we have seen the last of Mikes creations.

  2. I couldn’t rock it but I thought the 535i was great – especially with P51/P40 shark teeth. Sad to see it is gone for now. Cool, original idea – be interested to see what he uses to replace a car with this much personality.

  3. The accident can almost be considered as a blessing. It cuilminated in a car that really influenced and impacted our car culture. Rusty is pretty much an internet legend now. She sure split opinions but most great things are also controversial. With every passing re-design she became more interesting, a car bursting with character. RIP.

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