Photography by Dan Wagener @dan_wagener
This was our first Klasse & Kaffee event that also kicked off the first Open House of the new Kassel Performance & Coyne Performance facility. We are going to try and do one of these events each month (weather permitting) and possibly spread these to other regions with friends and partner companies. Follow us on IG @klasse_and_kaffee to stay up to date.
Photography by Damian Oleksiński
- Simota carbon fiber air intake
- MG Motorsport exhaust system
- Desert Shadow Metallic paint from Nissan GTR R35
- M-package front bumper with carbon canards
- Foglight delete
- Widened fenders for this wheel setup
- Carbon coated wing, custom made, cut out of the lightest and the hardest available aluminum
- Aluminum diffuser
- Veneer designed and made by poperzy.pl
- Original additions EZ-lip pro
- Recaro Pole Position red seats with FIA homologation
- Sparco frames with FIA homologation
- Schroth Clubman II ASM 3" silver belts purchased as new on request with FIA
- Staff's rollbar painted white
- Nardi Torino steering wheel
- 3-piece wheels 18x10" front / 18x11.5" rear (The only set in the world)
- BFGoodrich 235/35 front, Federal 285/30 rear
- TA adjustable dampening + custom springs
- E46 330i brakes after full regeneration, blasted clamps, repainted on black mat, all pistons and gaskets replaced, new discs cut and drilled Mikoda GT, new Zimmermann pads, new liquid ATE
- New bushings in the rear suspension, bearings with front hubs, rear bearings, steering rods and stab connectors
Previous stages of the build (in chronological order)
Photography by Scott Paterson @scottpatersonphoto
I will be the first to admit, before buying my Touring, I was never a “BMW Guy” I was too busy restoring two Classic Mini’s with my father at the time. It wasn’t until I found, my now good friend, Alex McArthur’s 328i Sport Touring on StanceWorks in 2009/10. It all changed after that. Back then, Alex’s Touring was super low on staggered Style 5’s and it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I made the tough decision to part with the Mini’s, using the money to pay for the Touring and my first year of insurance.
I knew I wanted a 6 cylinder, manual, relatively low miles and the colour didn’t matter too much, as long as it wasn’t Boston Green. After a few months of looking, the car you see before you showed up not too far away. A completely standard, 323i SE in Titan Silver. Being this would be my first car and at 19, I didn’t want to attract too much un-wanted attention, so the plan was to keep it subtle and not too flashy with an OEM+ approach.
I was working part time at a body shop along the road from my house and shortly after, the car was in for paint. I had a full M Sport kit from a 3.2 M3 Evo to go on, I also had the arches rolled at the same time. Once the body work was sorted, I fitted some coilovers and a set of Staggered 17” Style 32’s and was super happy with the look. I gradually dialled the ride height as well as other things on the car.
A year or two later, I took a job just north of London, 450 miles from my current place. The Touring was stored for a year as I got another Touring to daily instead. Before finally moving the Touring to London, I went back to the bodyshop with it and with my father, replaced both the sills, shaved the side indicators as well as shaving and relocating the washer jets and tidying up a few rough edges that showed up after driving it through the winter.
After I was finally happy with the bodywork again, I set about fitting my dream wheels - E31 M System 2 or Throwing Stars as they’re most commonly called. I spent a lot of time getting them to look as good as I possibly could, I had the covers finished in Titan Silver with micro rainbow flake. I ordered some BC Coilovers with some custom spring rates, but I have modified them a little bit, to get it sitting just how I want. I am trying to track down some M System Turbine covers, to hopefully complete the look.
Over the last year I’ve accidentally spent most of my time on the Interior. I managed to source and fit a lot of Extended Leather parts, so the centre console/arm rest, glove-box, drivers side kick panel and door cards are all leather – It is quite a stark contrast to the grey cloth it had as standard. I re-trimmed the M Sport headlining in new black material, as the one I got started to sag – That combined with all the extra leather, really makes it a nice place to sit. There’s still a few bits yet to find, however I am having thoughts about changing up the colour, as the black tends to get a little lost.
I’ve also replaced most of the exterior trim from BMW. I think I just have the window rubbers left to do and a few little bits on the rear.
As far as future plans go, I just want to enjoy the car. I don’t plan on selling it, so the “To-do” list is about as long as my arm, I’m always doing little bits here and there, so I am happy for that just to continue. I’d just like to extend a quick wee thanks to Alex McArthur and Bastien Bochmann, without their advice and knowledge on Touring’s, I probably wouldn’t have mine. So thanks lads. And a thanks to my father as well, who’s been helping me ever since I got in to cars, his patience and willingness (sometimes un-willingness) to help has been amazing.