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Adam Tokarski's E38

Photography by M.G. Foto

The story of Adam Tokarski's E38 begins after he sold his E36 328i touring. He started to look for a nice example in Poland and Germany but couldn't find anything that interested him. So he took his search to Great Britain, where he found the car on an insurance auction. It had some minor damage to the rear fender, but he immediately noticed the Mora Metallic paint job from BMW Individual. It is super rare to find an E38 in this color. Judging by online research there's only 3 facelifted and 1 pre-facelift models found in Europe. The car is a 2001 E38 728i M sport model.

The interior is also BMW Individual featuring Light Beige (Pearl Beige) with purple piping on the seats, black roof lining, 16:9 sat nav, lights in the door handles, and a sport steering wheel. Unfortunately the car was right hand drive, so the first thing Adam did was take it to a shop that specialized in changing that. They converted it to left hand drive, however it lost a few Individual features by doing so.

A new engine was fitted because the original had a blown head gasket. Besides the left hand drive conversion, all of the work done to the car was done by Adam.

The suspension was upgraded to a set of FK Automotive Koning-Sport coilovers. The wheels are forged 20" OZ Superleggera III in 9" front and 10.5" rear. Because it's Adam's daily driver he also replaced all of the suspension and brake components with new. 

When Adam started on modifications to the exterior he first replaced the Shadowline window trim with a High Gloss version. The taillights were then changed to fully red and the headlights were converted to bi-xenon with 3" lenses from a Mercedes E-Class. An Alpina lip was added to the front bumper to give it a more aggressive look.

An interesting side note: Adam decided to customize his license plate by adding a Z to MORA (paint job name). In Polish "Zmora" means "Nightmare" and since his car was a pain in the ass from the beginning it was perfect.

This E38 has seen a lot of work to preserve its rare individualism. I love how Adam chose to not go down the VIP route. There's an ideal amount of sportiness left to this one. Those Superleggera's make me feel super nostalgic too... the car reminds me of something I would've dreamt about making on a Tire Rack Wheel Simulator back in high school. I'm glad to see the more traditional BMW enthusiast styling still being done today.