This ’95 BMW 325i Loses Altitude, Gains Attitude
Traditionalists, avert your eyes. BMW had a good thing going with its sporty ‘90s 3-series. The company sold loads of E36 cars, and along with them the triumphant second-generation M3. While this isn’t one of those hard-charging M cars, this wild drop-top’s bellicose appeal may lead you to believe otherwise. Hailing from Arizona, this 1995 BMW 325i has been treated to a host of eye-catching modifications that truly set it off from the masses. It’s low, it’s lean, and it’s frankly outrageous… but for some reason it looks just so right. In December of 2015, the jaw-dropping widebody BMW graced the pages of Speedhunters. Today, it’s making an impressive showing on eBay. RELATED: Check Out Roy Lichtenstein's Amazing '77 BMW 320i Art Car
According to Speedhunters, the inception for the wild 325i came after its owner saw a rendering for one of body kit superstar Kei Miura’s new Rocket Bunny packages. Not long after, the mental gears began turning and a clean 3-series was sourced for the build. It’s pretty safe to say it’s far from showroom stock anymore.
The first order of business was to affix the new Sarto Racing/Rocket Bunny widebody package, which sees riveted fender flares burst from the reserved 325i’s body, paired with a new lip at the car’s front, a riveted bumper at the rear, and a stylish duck tail spoiler. There is a bit of M3 too, specifically M3 side skirts, which reach longingly towards terra firma.
A set of Ksport KontrolPro coilover shocks help the BMW get there too, laying the car low on its deep dish Fifteen52 Evo Classic wheels. Camber you say? This car has it.
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Lift up the BMW bonnet and you’ll find the famous M50 2.5-liter straight-six, which gave a peppy 189 horsepower in its day. Now it gives a bit more, thanks to a custom air intake and Hamann cat-back exhaust system with the resonator deleted.
Drop the top and this car’s deep Imola Red interior truly does shine, now outfitted with matching Recaro racing seats and a blue-stitched Renown 100 racing wheel. While the combination of Laguna Seca Blue paint, bleach white wheels, and dyed red interior might not add up on paper, in reality it works to a T.
Is it the BMW 325i for everyone? Hardly. But that’s not the point of creating a one-off custom car. It exists, it drives conversation, and for its owner it’s one brilliant multicolored labor of love.
Photo Credit: Keith Ross, Speedhunters
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