For a brief period in the early 2000s, there was a trend in the tuner scene of swapping the fascia from a different, more high-end vehicle onto yours. Plenty of Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras were the victim of Cadillac Escalade front-end swaps and the Chrysler 300C was all-too-often converted into a fake Rolls-Royce Phantom.
This has to be one of the strangest fascia swaps we have ever seen, though. This E39 BMW 5 Series has had a replica of the rear end from a C5 Corvette moulded onto its rear. The flat rear end looks absolutely hilarious tacked onto on the BMW body, which has received no other modifications ahead of the front axle, from what we can tell.
What’s even stranger is that the builder has elected to leave the ‘530i’ badge on the rear of the vehicle – so they don’t seem intent on passing this car off as a Corvette to anyone following it from behind. There’s also only three exhaust tips instead of the Corvette’s four and the outlets don’t appear to go anywhere, although that latter part is perhaps not so surprising.
There’s almost no backstory to go on here, with photos of the car popping up on Reddit and then later being shared via Carscoops. We’re not sure why someone would want to convert their perfectly good E39 BMW 5 Series into a Corvette from the rear axle backward, but we get the feeling the owner knows how absurd this looks and kind of revels in the attention.
So what do you say, GM Authority readers? Does this BMW owner just have awful taste, or are they trolling us with this strangely modified 5 Series?
Photos via Reddit