BMW M5 Ute Conversion

BMW M5 | October 9th, 2008 by 9
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Stuart Appleby, an Australian native, decided to take on an interesting project: to convert a BMW E39 M5 into an ute, short for coupe utility …

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Stuart Appleby, an Australian native, decided to take on an interesting project: to convert a BMW E39 M5 into an ute, short for coupe utility ( wiki ). The “ute” had always been an Australian icon and it was extremely popular back in the 70s. 

The project debuted nearly three years ago and it had its official debut last week in New South Wales at the Deniliquin Ute Muster. Stuart is saying that  the M5’s tuned 4.9-liter V8 could make as much as 460 HP, but I’m sure the fanboys can come up with a dyno solution to increase those numbers. 

On his website, Stuart talks a bit more in detail about this project, the initial thoughts and planning.

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.

On a personal note, I really don’t know what to think of it, I keep looking and the photos and I kinda want to hate it, but I just can’t, the car has some cuteness in it and I do see why our Aussies friends would dig it. The car might turn heads in the U.S also, but it might not be in a positive way.

Thank you for the tip and the link Garry!

More information and photos can be seen here: and a forum discussion at

Also, take a look at these series of Youtube videos showing the M5 Ute


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9 responses to “BMW M5 Ute Conversion”

  1. Jon H says:

    I like it. I think it looks cool and would be awesome to haul some stuff around in the bed…..OH WAIT. any pictures under that tonneu cover would reveal that theres supports criss-crossing the interior of that bed. Truthfully, better that way than all flimsy but still. Would be so sick if you could keep a bmw two wheeler back there

  2. Jonny says:

    It looks pretty cool, not my style, but I don’t bash it either.

  3. Me llamo Earl says:

    Es lo mejor que se puede hacer con una aburrida berlina de jubilauta con prisas. Los yankees ya se dieron cuenta hace muchisimos años e hicieron “El Camino”

  4. Laszlo says:

    thats a stupid headline… its not a UTE, its a pickup !!!

    • Thomas Buster says:

      It is so a ute.

      They call pickups utes in Australia. It’s short for coupe utility, and many people outside of Australia use the term as well, to differentiate them from other styles of trucks. Here in the United States, for example, some El Camino and Ranchero owners refer to their vehicles as utes.

      I’m guessing you think of SUVs when you hear “ute”, but as I pointed out, there ARE other definitions of the term.

  5. 1337 h4x0r says:

    Stupid australians.. Stick to your Holdens and don’t ruin BMWs!

  6. RuelSpot says:

    Guys, why F up a good thing?

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