My uncle, a Chevy guy, took me to my first car shows. Over time, he has grown to appreciate my love of European cars as I have his love of Chevys, though neither of us would switch our allegiance. Our mutual respect stems from a similar outlook on cars and customization: personally, we keep it simple and unique. When it comes to judging others, we agree that everyone has their own taste, so there’s no real point in ripping on another guy’s custom car just because you would have done it differently. Which brings me to today’s 1985 325is, a fun car in its most basic form, and a wild car when tweaked by a fanatic. If I had a 325, it almost certainly wouldn’t look like this, but I appreciate the attention to detail and dedication to a single aesthetic. Red and black to the extreme, it reminds me of the extreme 7-series I wrote up a while back, though somehow more appropriate on the more toyish E30.
This is a incredibly well customized 325iS – a particularly sought after model BMW for this vintage. Original M20 built stroker engine. Tastefully done in its original “Show Car” Red and custom black accents/highlights (replacing chromed elements) and original Black interior. Every aspect of this car was well thought out during its build, and not overdone. This car is the product of many years of devotion and passion of custom tuning and customisation. Originally acquired about 3 years ago as a salvage title vehicle, the car was immediately repaired and repainted and had in excess of $13K invested to get it in its current state. (Salvage title due to front end collision: fender repair, bumper & hood replacement was all that it needed repair wise – no frame, suspension, trans or engine damage was sustained.). Because the owner is a true car lover, this vehicle was not hot-rodded except for 1 or 2 moments to “see what it can do”.
Well known throughout the San Fernando Valley and 2 Bimmerfests, this car is now on the market. No need to purchase and customize a 325iS yourself – it really is ready to go, leaving you little desire to customize one yourself. There is only one minor paint chip in the right fender, a small crack in the dash (both shown in the photos below). The true mileage is unknown as well due to the odometer being inoperable.
This cars impressive list of features includes:
Original M20 Built Engine
Recent Valve Job for Performance
Ireland Engineering 272 Street Performance Cam W/ New Valves
19LB Bosch Fuel Injectors
Re-Surfaced / Port and Polish Head
Custom Intake With High Beam Inlet
Bosch Fuel Pressure Regulator
Bored Out Throttle Body, Intake, Intake Outlets, Head Inlets, Exhaust Outlets
Custom Headers, Full Exhaust System, Catalytic, And Custom Muffler. One Of A Kind E30
Platinum +4 Spark Plugs
3.73 LSD Differential (Factory W/ IS Models)
New Paint Job W/ Original BMW Red
E36 M3 Custom Full Body Kit With Rieger Front Lip
Smoked Smiley Headlights
Black Window Trim
HID Lights 6K Lows 3K Fogs
LED License Plate Lights
Euro “Uber E30″ Plates
Painted Black Bumper Trims
Black Kidney Grills
ESM Wheels 16” With Yokohoma Parada Spec II Tires 70% Thread Life
Bilstein Heavy Duty Shocks & Struts
Front Strut Bar
Rear Strut Bar
Matte Black Hood Stripe
White CCFL Angel Eyes On Lowbeams Only
Original IS Trunk Spoiler
Black License Plate Filler
Race Seats (NRG)
Short Shifter (Ralco)
Black Interior (Originally Grey)
Only 1 Crack In Dash!
In Dash Multi Media Unit W/ DVD Player
Momo Hub W/ Momo Replica Steering Wheel
It’s got to be hard to sell a car like this, both because you put so much work into making it as you envisioned, and because it must be a slim market for something this customized. But, with a Buy-It-Now of $6,500, a 230hp built M20, it could be a great starting point for someone to create a new vision, like perhaps taking it down a notch. Regardless of taste, it’s a heck of a well-done E30.