1970s BMW E9 Coupe Rescued From Scrapping Gets Tesla Power

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The BMW E9 Coupes, built between 1968 and 1975, are one of the most sought after BMW Coupes. About 30,000 were built in total, but far fewer remain in working order today, and we can now add another to this list of working examples, although it doesn’t actually run the six-cylinder engine. in-line traditional – this particular E9 has Tesla power.

According to Electric classic cars, the vehicle had been improperly stored, with its sunroof open in a leaky garage, and was in very poor condition when they began restoring and transforming it. Under the hood at the front, instead of the engine, now sits most of a Tesla Model S P85’s battery – the rest is in the trunk.

Unlike some conversions which retain parts of the original drivetrain, in this particular project the gearbox, driveshaft and rear differential are all gone. Now the 450 horsepower Tesla motor sits between the two rear wheels, in a similar position to where it was in the original Tesla, thus minimizing transmission losses.

Now, as much as we love electric vehicles, the fact is that the old 3-litre engine that powered this E9 is one of the finest grinders ever made. We will certainly miss its signature sound, but with more than twice the power now that it’s electric, the extra acceleration will make up for the lack of a six-pot rumble.

The vehicle is also driven on a famous winding road in Wales, where it proves to be nimble and fun to drive. Its builders have managed to maintain a relatively similar weight to the original – it would’a small, heavier passenger‘ than the original and a really well done, high quality conversion.

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