Friday, October 30, 2015

Tanner Foust Approved: 1986 BMW 325e

Top Gear USA (starring racer Tanner Foust, car nerd Rutledge Wood, and inexplicably annoying Adam Ferrara) was in its fifth season last summer but nothing was ever filmed/released this summer.  It is probably a good bet that the show has been canned, but nothing official so far....which is a shame because it was a good show, far more watchable than the terrible car-related nonsense that is produced by Velocity and other channels.  If you are (were?) a fan of Top Gear USA, this next car will be of interest because it appears to be the car built by Tanner Foust for a 2011 challenge.  Find this 1986 BMW 325e  from Top Gear USA Series 2 Episode 1 here on eBay offered for $3,200 buy-it-now located in Athens, GA.

The original Top Gear USA challenge involved the hosts buying $2000 cars and  driving them across Texas, in an attempt to find an alternative to the pickup based on a 2-door coupe.  Needless to say the result was pretty funny, but Tanner ends up modifing his 325e into a monster truck by dropping the body onto a Toyota Pickup frame, which means it is now 22R powered and sitting on massive 39 inch BFG mud tires.

Watch the video of the episode where Tanner spanks everyone in his BMW 325e Toyota Pickup with a BMW body.  Seems like a great deal for the current asking price.

See another celebrity monster truck for cheap?


  1. Absolutely love when people build these abomonations. And I quite liked this episode. Im guessing the show will not be renewed due to it losing viewers to roadkill. Those two neanderthals and their automotive shenanigans once a month more than fill the void. This bimmer is mint.

  2. Tanner should never have punched that producer.

  3. Ya'll just wait until I get my hands on a Nissan Skyline R31 body to put to top of my '90 Pathfinder chassis!!

  4. Ya'll just wait until I get my hands on a Nissan Skyline R31 body to put to top of my '90 Pathfinder chassis!!

  5. Saw this one in person at a filming in Irvine. Definitely would make an awesome statement going down the road.

    Top Gear USA could potentially have some pull with a new cast. Here are my picks--what are yours?

    Jay Leno
    Doug DeMuro
    David Freiburger

    1. Or substitute Jerry Seinfeld for any of the above.

    2. I think if you kept Tanner and Rut and swapped out the Ferrara for a Carolla, you'd have a winner.

    3. @Gianni - agreed.

      @ John - Freiburger (or was it Finnegan?) said it best in the Roadkill episode about the Gas Monkey vs Roadkill Hellcat power showdown, (paraphrased) "this is why we don't do TV... because we can basically do whatever the hell we want without having to worry about rules and drama." I'm at work so I can't re-watch the episode to get the exact quote, but it's somewhere along those lines. Suffice it to say I don't think either of them will make the format jump to TV.

    4. Gianni, that's exactly what I was going to say (about Adam Carolla)---Ferrara was like Colin Quinn without the sense of comedic timing. Rut didn't do it for me either. He's a comedian who isn't funny, on a car show where he knows almost nothing about cars. I'm not sure who would fit his role, but in the original pilot for the show (which NBC cancelled), it was Foust, Carolla, and a guy named Eric Stromer.


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