The actual concept of wanting make a E39 M5 in to a ute is not even that easy to type to this page. Well, I guess I should let you know what on earth made me take steps to rip apart a BMW legend. To say it's a bit "out of left field" is an understatement.
Let the story begin.
I grew up in Australia on a small
dairy farm (Cohuna) for the first 18 years of my life. The "ute"
had always been an Aussie icon to a boy from the bush and a vital way
of life for many rural Australians. A few years pass by and I find myself
living in the US playing the US PGA Tour. I've always loved cars and been
an avid BMW fan since I first spotted the M cars in local Australian car
magazines. But by the mid 90's I knew I had to one day own a M car of
some kind. I get a short fast drive in 1998 of the long awaited E39 M5.
I was blown off my feet with how good this car was, no factory four door
car could touch this M5 for many years.
Years pass by, and I decide I needed to own a car for my days in Australia. I was tired of not owning a car for my summers down under. I was having a hard time deciding on what I wanted from my Aussie car and I knew that if there ever was a time follow through with my idea of a few years back, this was the time. I needed to find a suitable donor car for a start. There wasn't many E39 M5's laying around on the market in 2005, but the newest version was helping people move out their E39 model and change up to the V10. I mention that I'm looking for a donor car to a friend, he mentions that he'll sell his to me, as he wanted to trade his in and wait till the V8 M3 comes out (not a bad idea). Not to mention he had the finest 2003 M5 in Australia to start with. It was more costly then the others on the market but it was 2-3 years newer then the much cheaper M5's out there. His car had many of the tricks already installed on the car that I'd have to add later anyway, so the deal was done.
What was a bit surprising was his attitude to my concept. He had no problem
with me chopping up his pride and joy for an undertaking of this magnitude.
You now have an insight of how all of this came about, but that's the
I'm looking forward to watching this world first (using an M5) get started and one day to a finished product.