Gallery: Refreshed BMW E30
Weather here in Vermont may be cooling off, but Nick Parente's 1991 BMW 325ix, fresh from a mid-level restoration, is just entering a new phase of its life. The car was originally intended to be Nick's winter beater, a car to compliment an eventual summer Bimmer, but with its creamy white paint, classic red interior, and rebuilt top end, this E30 is so much more. Check out this gallery from last weekend's photoshoot with the car, and remember to check back in a few weeks for a video of the car - there will be a Real Drivers episode of it in the near future. For now, enjoy the gallery of one very clean E30.
The above shot is the classic BMW in its previous state. At this stage, the parts were scattered across New England; the top end was in New Hampshire, exterior trim was being sourced from New York, and other components had yet to be ordered from Europe. Given the amount of time it had been sitting, the car had the typical Vermont rust on the front fenders and elsewhere, and previous efforts to repair the driver's side corner were immediately obvious.
The full respray really makes the car, and Nick's devotion to quality (he runs an automobile detailing service) makes it shine even better.
The interior of the BMW E30 is brilliantly retro. From the pull-out high beam knob to the very mechanical gauges, the car oozes charisma. Driving the car, too, is an equally mechanical experience; the steering is weighty and vibrant, if not accurate, and the shifter is much the same. The idle alone brings about a great shuddering across the entirety of the vehicle, and in terms of connectivity, it reminds the driver of a car of an even earlier vintage, but with the accessibility, comfort, and features of its modern counterparts.
The trademark quad headlight setup is not only attractive, but easy to install; helpful when it has to be removed for pre-paint masking.
Another view of the front clip, this time showcasing the paint in all its glory. As of this photoshoot, the car was incomplete, but for the video, I've been told to expect the small jobs to be finished.
I should stress at this point that this particular E30, tasked though it may be with the responsibilities of a daily driver and an inevitable duel with road salt, is a pristine vehicle, and one that will ultimately be a great demonstration of the timeless lines of classic BMWs. If you're in the New England area, and in particular, Vermont, keep an eye out for this car during next summer's show season.