When I advertised this for sale, it was specifically on the basis that we were unlikely to have the time to build it up ourselves and it was really combining two existing projects together to free up some workshop space and time.
We had a good wee 318i convertible that I had acquired the 318iS running gear for, with the intention of building another car that BMW should have built – the 318iS convertible – but, at about the same time as the shell appeared, I decided that the convertible would be better kept as a 318i. It has low owners, low mileage and lots of history.
Anyway, I turned the two into one complete 318iS project and advertised it for sale. Two chaps from a local garage – one of whom I have known for a wee while – came to see it.
They were building a track car for a customer who had provided them with a V8 powered two door shell that he had bought – more of this shell later. They had examined the shell and suggested to the customer that it was looking likely that it would be more trouble to repair than it was worth and suggested to their customer that he should find a better shell.
They came to see this one, examined it, and declared it to be ideal for their customer’s intended purpose.
Later the same day, their very enthusiastic sounding customer called and we discussed it in some detail. He was of the view that his garage weren’t terribly keen on welding and much more interested in the mechanical side of the build and asked if we could prepare the shell to his spec and the two chaps who came to view it would then build the car into this shell.
I spoke to them before agreeing, and far from being unhappy with that course of action, they were very keen, so from the starting point of intending to reduce the projects we had to complete, I had managed to take on another one, but it was only a light refurbishment of an already sound shell. It won’t take long!