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Jonny Reiswig's E24 635csi

Photography by Dan Usmanoff @dusmanoff

Jonny’s E24 is one of the most unique examples that I’ve seen in awhile. When it was first unveiled on the internet, it immediately caught my attention. It’s so clean, but full of character at the same time. All of the small details flow really well to create a look that I’ve not really seen done before. It’s got the perfect blend of stance and vintage motorsport with a style I would expect to see coming from Japan.

Jonny used to have an E36 convertible that was distinguishable as well. He eventually sold it with plans to later obtain his (affordable) dream car. The first generation of 6 Series, the E24 was BMW’s flagship coupe of the 80’s.

Jonny’s 1987 635csi has 255k miles on it, but visibly shows little aging. He bought the car a year ago and originally wanted to make it his daily driver. At the time he was dailying an M4, so the goal was to fix up the E24 and make it reliable. The M4 was sold so it was time to fully focus on the 635. The first thing that needed addressed was the transmission, which was on its last leg. He found a good deal on another automatic transmission and had that installed. Once that was done, all he wanted to do was maybe throw on some sport springs and M-Parallels and call it a day.

Since his E36 was on air it was an option that he took into consideration. After seeing a few great examples of bagged E24’s out there though, it proved to be the winning solution. Brendan Stouffer’s @b_stouffs and Alvin Louie’s @nicmosh cars convinced Jonny to pull the trigger. He went with CAtuned’s airbag kit with Bag Riders management. Group 2 Motorsports did the install, so it was time to dial in the wheels.

Jonny worked with Austin Seeling @austin_8p to build a set of BBS RS’s. They went with 18x9” fronts and 18x10” rears with slant lips. The turbofans on the front wheels were custom designed and printed by Austin, originally meant for his Audi last year. He wanted to create something different than you usually see. The vintage BMW Motorsport center caps were a nice touch as well. Typically my excessive preference for things to be symmetrical or matching would cause me to not fully enjoy seeing two different wheels on the car. But it actually works really well and make sense with the overall theme somehow. It’s one of the details about the car that helps make it so unique.

One of the other details that really made this car was the side graphic designed by Austin. The stripes were originally going to be the same style as the ones found on Austin’s E28. However he decided to design something new to flow better with the E24’s body lines and overall look. On the rear quarter panel is the BBS logo and Katakana characters which translate to “Motorsports”. The graphic is one of Jonny’s favorite parts of the car and I completely agree. Another mod that may at first go unnoticed is the custom rear window blinds handcrafted out of wood by Austin. He took some measurements and cut them with a scroll saw in his garage. Once the fitment was perfected he finished them off with a torch to give them the black look.

Jonny said now that the car is where he wants it, the next step will be to swap a manual transmission into it. Other than that and getting euro bumpers it’s done. I’m glad that he didn’t just stop at wheels and a sport drop, because this is one of my favorite cars ever. It surely sets the bar for how nice you can make an E24 look.


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Mackenzie Ebber's E30

Photography by Mackenzie Ebbers @mackenzie.e30

As I sat in Penny under the hot July sun, in line with 100+ cars waiting to enter the Bellevue College parking garage for Stancewars, it finally hit me. We did it. Stancewars picks their Top100 cars from hundreds of entries and my car had made it. There were cars in attendance that had twice the amount of money and time spent on them, but it didn’t matter because I had a vision for my build that had been recognized and rewarded. There are some cars that are just special, and now more people then just myself could fully appreciate this beautiful E30 I call Penny. It’s hard to believe that it has already been over 3 years since I bought Penny, but like they say time flies when you’re having fun.

After months of searching Craigslist for the right car I took a chance on a 1989 325i sedan from a small import dealer in Southampton, New Jersey (I was living on the East Coast at the time). She wasn’t my first choice, but when I saw the car in person I knew this was something very special. The car miraculously had a fresh coat of beautiful paint, the IS trunk spoiler (I would add IS side skirts and front lip later to complete the look) immaculate interior, and every single button and switch was working. There was no question I was buying this car. After the first wash/detail I think it really set in how beautiful this car was, and what a gem I had stumbled upon.

Fast forward a few months and my boyfriend Bryant and I were planning to move back to my hometown of Seattle, of course there was no question of selling Penny so we shipped her cross country on a car carrier. Moving back to Seattle brought with it quite a few more car shows, some new fun car friends, and more inspiration for my build.

In the fall of 2015 I approached the wheel builder Spinfab about building some BBS RS’s, and as luck would have it he had the exact specs and color on hand. My only request was that I wanted the hex caps and wheel hardware to be plated in 18k rose gold, and after a few color tests the perfect shade was found. I chose bubble lips, white faces, and dark blue and silver hex caps to compliment the rose gold. I was already planning on bags so the size and fitment I went for was 16x8.5" in the front and 16x9" in the back with et8 all around. Only about a month after the wheels arrived I contacted Royal Stance to see about their Black Friday Airlift Performance deals, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. Bags were new for us and we didn’t have any friends with bagged cars, but Bryant and I have always done all our own work on our cars and an Airlift install was just another thing to tackle.

Dialing in the fitment for the E30 was a little challenging. For the rear fitment we rolled and pulled the fenders slightly so it would sit fender to lip with no problems. The front was more difficult because of how low the undercarriage of the car hangs, this was solved by raising the engine 1/4th of an inch so the oil pan would clear. Next the camber has to be maxed out and 15mm spacers added to bring the fender and lip closer together, when aired out the sub frame and control arms sit on the ground but lip to fender is 90% there. Once fitment had been sorted we set about building a trunk setup. I wanted a light colored wood floor with a box like attachment to cover the battery. Since the air system was already functioning I wasn’t able to have the air tank powder coated so I opted to wrap it in white vinyl. DIY projects are always something that makes a build even more special.

After our first great show season in Seattle, I knew what I wanted the next project to be, engine bay. Penny was unfortunate enough to have one of the most ugly engine bays I’ve ever seen on an E30. The main problem was the paint on the inside of the hood, and all around the strut towers/bay, pretty much leaving us no choice but to paint it. We started by removing just about everything from the top of the engine, including the valve cover and intake manifold that I sent off for powder coating, and in the mean time we took the time to perform a lot of needed maintenance. For paint we opted to DIY once again and used Paint Scratch base coat and clear coat to paint the bay and inside of the hood. I’ve used Paint Scratch before and with any paint the key is sanding, and at the end of the day it’s a great affordable option. Since rose gold was already an accent on Penny I had the idea to have a few engine bay pieces plated, and once again with the help of Spinfab we made it happen. I am beyond happy with how the engine bay turned out, and I hope more rose gold is to come.

There is something very satisfying about having a vision and being able to bring that to life. I never thought I would be able to build this car exactly how I envisioned, but it just shows when you truly put your mind to something it can happen. I love what I’ve created, because building a car is like creating a piece of art, and I believe Penny is truly a representation of my creativity and taste.


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Alex Gaudio & Mark Scire II's M Coupes

Photography by Matt Petrie

Kids are so impressionable to many things and one of them is cars. For those who are into the modified car scene as a whole, whether they own one or just enjoy spectating, it usually starts with a defining moment. For some it was a family member who had a special weekend car that would offer you to ride along in. As for others maybe it was seeing something truly awesome on the road and never forgetting it, which still happens continuously as you grow old. Regardless of how you came to love cars it started with one car guy and unintentionally led to another’s passion down the road. That’s the magic these M Coupes have on people.

Frequently riding shotgun in Alex’s Estoril blue coupe or driving it myself, I can’t help but notice the attention it gets from people of all ages. The older folks are puzzled as they try to identify it because they recognize the roundel, but that’s about it. To the average person it is difficult to distinguish the little Z3 roadster that lies within the angled hatch and fat, fat rear end of this quirky “clown shoe”. Kids on the other hand aren’t so much puzzled as they are hypnotized by it. They don’t care for the identification; all they know is that it looks like an operational toy. Between the color, the fully polished wheels and the occasional surf board strapped to the roof rack at the Jersey shore, it’s no wonder kids can’t take their eyes off of it.

The main reason why people don’t recognize these cars is due to their rarity. If you’ve never seen an M Coupe on the road before you’re not alone. About 3,000 were built for North America from 1998 to 2002. These cars were literally parts cars being built using bits and pieces from other models in their generation. They were built alongside the M3 in their respective years of production. The early models from 1998 to 2000 had the E36 M3 S52 engine and when production began on the E46 M3 during 2001 and 2002, you guessed it; the M Coupes came equipped with the S54. Due to the size of the clown shoe the S54 was detuned to 321hp, but that’s something that is easily reversible. Mark’s is pretty unique within their already limited community. He is one of the lucky owners stateside(less than 700) to have an S54 in his Titanium Silver coupe.

As always with this disease, modifications were made to these coupes to further distinguish them from the rest. Mark is running a set of 16” BBS RS faces with Rotiform bubble lips reaching a final size of 18x9f and 18x11r. Suspension is dialed in with Ground Control coil overs and Vorshlag camber plates bringing him down just atop the tires for a purposeful, enjoyable drop. Out back he’s got a 3.73 LSD rebuilt with a three-clutch setup from bimmerdiffs.com and a custom catback exahaust with Magnaflow 14815 mufflers and stainless steel piping done by Piper Motorsports. Authentic AC Schnitzer flippers in front help accentuate the splitters and tie into the body lines nicely. Inside he makes this car feel more at home with European dash panels, glovebox and driver’s side kick panel. Nothing is overly done and just the right amount of work was placed in every area of Mark’s car to give it a clean European look.

Alex’s coupe is sporting original Kinesis K57 wheels in double-staggered form (Kinesis is now owned by Asanti and sold their wheel designs to CCW). The fronts are 17×9.5 while the rear is 18×11.5. He is slammed on TC Kline coil overs with SWIFT springs up front to get him a little closer to those 17’s. The interior is the factory Estoril blue two toned seats and dash with an upgraded Momo steering wheel. The front end is simple and clean with shaved reflectors in the bumper and custom headlights. Unhappy with the DEPO headlight option, he made his own custom retrofitted projectors and shrouds to help him see at night as this car is daily driven in rotation with 3 other BMW’s in his driveway. “Daily driven” need not be a sticker on his window to let people know this car gets driven often and hard. One look at the odometer and you’ll have to do a double take because it is currently clocked in at 209,000 miles. No typo here, whether it is to work or to go skate with friends this car is getting redlined and sideways daily.

The rear end on these cars is wide enough to make any other modded car owner jealous. The curves are undeniable and the room for aggressive setups is almost as endless as Alex’s rear step lips. Mark is stuffing an awesomely meaty 295 in the rear on his 11, while Alex opted for a 275 on his 11.5 with a lower offset. Despite their different styles, both Mark and Alex are executing flawlessly and representing the Z3 M Coupe community in proper fashion.


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Anthony Care's E36 M3

Photography by Dan Wagener & Kielan Prince

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 loved 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 also 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 shocked (pun intended) at how great the quality was, no rubbing, no harsh bumps, no bouncing… it was excellent.

And, in case you were wondering why a "stance car" has racing seats, a roll cage, etc. It’s because Anthony didn’t just build this car for looks. Actually the performance modifications were addressed 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 respect no matter their preference.