A Classic Icon With A Fresh Look

  1. Not A Regular E36
  2. Enhancing Everything
  3. The Meaning Of A Well Done Project
1. Not A Regular E36
Cruising through the warm autumn morning, on the highway, I couldn’t hide my excitement for the photoshoot we had booked for that weekend. I’ve always loved bimmers, and I most likely always will. Although I’m not quite aligned with the current direction of the Bavarian giant, we’ll always have the older models to build upon and enjoy.
Not far from Bucharest, we found a green oasis, deep in the forest, where Anna could shoot some really cool photos, while I got the chance to take a walk and find out the story behind the car. The passion for this specific model is hard to put into words, so the gallery will most likely help out. Bottom line, the vehicle was desired, had a plan behind it and is still being loved like in the first day it left the Munchen factory.
This specific E36 is an original piece from 1995, featuring the original red carpets, custom red seat belts, and a neat little optional, very rare for that time, the electric rear windows. Mint condition bimmers are hard to come by these days, and it’s always a joy to find one in good shape, well taken care of and enjoyed as a daily driver.
2. Enhancing Everything
Every aspect has been discreetly tweaked, to make this build a personal one. You could sense the adoration that the owner has for this specific project and the way he invested in a clean and exclusive look is the best proof for that.
Sporting some nice touches, such as the 6-cylinder final exhaust, rear M bumper, M taillights, M side-skirts, M trims and that lovely Recaro & alcantara interior, there’s no wonder that the car turns heads everywhere it goes.
Stance comes from fitting an N-Shifted air suspension, which lowers over the 17", 8.5, ET14 Mille Miglia MM2000 wheels, for that tucked look that is so common, and yet so nice to see, on a lot of old-school bimmers. Honestly, the wheel choice for this build is spot-on and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
For the front side, while all the other elements are adopted from the BMW’s M division, this specific car features something that perhaps only one or or two other E36s have, namely the Zender lip. Although not an original piece, the 1:1 replica, specially crafted by Ghetto Tuning, is most likely the only one of its kind in the world. And we believe that’s something to be entirely proud of.
3. The Meaning Of A Well Done Project
In order to create a proper build or to have an outstanding project car, one does not have to go over the top. There’s no need for extremely wide arches, for ludicrous body kits, for extreme camber or for 1000+ bhp. There’s something about clean, simple, yet original-built cars that will always attract us, and that has a story worth telling.
Gazing upon a well-thought out car is like observing a work of art. Discreet elements, nothing too flashy, nothing in excess, just pure passion, discovered in every small detail and in every added piece to what was an amazing car, to begin with. Keep in mind this last sentence, we’ll have some unique and exclusive E36-materials coming up soon…
After we said our goodbyes over a cup of coffee, we rolled out on the same highway, back to our office, and discussed the true meaning of a well done project. Is it having a good car, right from the start? Most likely yes. Is it also fitting it with aftermarket elements, all in good-taste and following a certain look? Of course. But all this can not be done only by the book, it must also be done from the heart. And that’s exactly what we had wittnessed, on that day spent in the forest.
Written by: Mihai Dumitrescu - Instagram
Photographed by: Anna Dumitrescu - Instagram