After the failure in the early seventies of their first touring, or station wagon, developed from the fundamental 02 series, BMW AG marketing chiefs did not want to hear any longer of a 02 series station wagon derivative. And that was it. Between 1974 and 1988, no more small BMW tourings were built. But when a BMW prototype engineer converted his own beloved 4-door BMW 3-series into a wagon to better haul a growing family, it garnered enough attention to convince the automaker's board to ...

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