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Words by Dan Wagener
Photos by Kielan Prince & Dan Wagener
I remember the first time that I laid eyes on Anthony Care’s 1998 M3. I was abruptly stopped as I was scrolling through a thread with coverage of H2O ’10 on Bimmerforums. It was a panning shot of Anthony cruising the strip in Ocean City, MD. I found myself staring for a second and then searching for more photos of it. If I remember correctly, I even sent him a PM just to tell him how much that I enjoyed his car.
Since then the car has become even more appealing. The car went much lower, the BBS RS received new lips and the stance was dialed in. Stock vaders were swapped out for Corbeaus with 4 pt. harnesses. FX-R Xenon Projectors and E46 shrouds were retrofitted. Many suspension, bushing, etc. upgrades were added and proper maintenance was addressed.
The aggressive stance of the car is definitely what gives it such character. I personally think that his has a bit of an OG Euro flair to it, like you would typically find on a German or Polish built BMW. You don’t usually see it pulled off just right like this here in the states.
This was actually slated to be our very first feature to launch the site with. But as we were getting everything ready to put it together, we got word from Anthony that he was getting some new wheels. Wheels worth waiting for.
A set of AC Schnitzer Rennsport Type Is in 17 x 9/10″. They’re dream wheels to many and a true work of art themselves.
For a short while Anthony had a set of BBS RFs and RS Turbofans on the car, while they looked great, they just didn’t suit the car quite as well as the RS 212/197s. At the time, I was skeptical that the car could get any better. Oh, how I was wrong. The ACS took his car to a whole new level.
As we were driving around looking for a location to take photos I couldn’t help but notice how incredibly comfortable the ride was. That’s thanks to the Stanceworks Zero Clearance coilovers built by AST. I was literally shocked at how great the quality was, no rubbing, no harsh bumps, no bouncing… it was excellent.
And, in case you were wondering why a car that looks like it was built for looks has racing seats, a roll cage, etc. It’s because Anthony didn’t just build this car for looks. Actually the performance modifications were started before the aesthetics.
Under the hood is a full bolt-on Conforti tuned S52 motor with Schrick cams (as well as some other enhancements). A custom 3″ exhaust with vibrant res. and muffler with rare Eisenmann dual pipes was also added. Running a very respectable time of 13.1 at 108mph, I’d say this M3 stays true to its motorsport heritage. When the car is taken out to the strip or for an autocross, it’s as easy as spinning the coils up, bolting on the track wheels (SSRs with 245/255 tires) and it’s back to the “practical” state in 30 minutes.
The best of both worlds comes to mind. Improving on the looks and performance, Anthony has a built a well-rounded car that I think many can admire.