Epic Restoration 1990 BMW 325i Sport Coupe E30

Epic Restoration 1990 BMW 325i Sport Coupe E30

‘The advice was blunt – start again and get another car’ Epic Restoration How a £3250, 133k-mile BMW E30 325i Sport is now as good as new after a runaway £50k rebuild. It may be a 325i Sport rather than the usual M3 but that didn’t divert a determined owner from his mission to return this E30 to showroom condition. Words Russ Smith. Photography Stuart Collins.

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1988 BMW E30 Alpina C2 2.7

1988 BMW E30 Alpina C2 2.7

Keeping it in the family. The story of an Alpina C2 that returned home for a meticulous restoration. Restored by the same team that built it in period, this fabulous Alpina C2 2.7 has made the transition from unloved garage find to family heirloom. Words Greg Macleman. Photography John Bradshaw.

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6.0-litre V8 LS3 GM-engined 500bhp wide-body BMW E30 Coupe

6.0-litre V8 LS3 GM-engined 500bhp wide-body BMW E30 Coupe

The best E30 ever built? We think so, but do you? Make your mind up here… BMW E30 This balls-to-the-wall E30 is a psychedelic freak-out of cinematic proportions. And you can stop rubbing your eyes – this is no CGI dream, this badass BMW actually exists… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photography: Larry Chen.

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Tuned 580bhp 2019 BMW M4 Competition F82

Tuned 580bhp 2019 BMW M4 Competition F82

The completest 580hp F82 M4 Competition – BMW F82 M4 - Most people would view an M4 Competition as a perfect package. But Matt Knowles isn’t most people, and his ownership tale is one of relentless improvement and a keen eye for detail…Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Rich Pearce.

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600whp turbo GM 6.0-litre LQ4 V8-swapped drift BMW E46 Coupe

600whp turbo GM 6.0-litre LQ4 V8-swapped drift BMW E46 Coupe

600whp turbo V8 E46 insane wide-arch drift missile. Sometimes you need to let loose and go a little crazy, and this insane LQ V8-swapped E46 drift beast is an unhinged creation that’s been built with no compromise and no caution. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Patrik Karlsson.

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965bhp tuned Turbo wide-body BMW M3 Coupe E36

965bhp tuned Turbo wide-body BMW M3 Coupe E36

965bhp M3 Wild wide-body turbo E36 Coupe. Saved from abandonment, enhanced with some serious old-school wide-body vibes, and then endowed with an insane dose of turbo power, this stunning E36 M3 is a build of epic proportions. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Jape Tiitinen.

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600bhp supercharged S62-swapped BMW M7 E38

600bhp supercharged S62-swapped BMW M7 E38

Supercharged S62 V8-swapped E38 When it comes to luxury transport, it doesn’t get much better than a 7 Series, but if you want the ultimate executive express you’ve got to take matters into your own hands, which is exactly what the owner of this supercharged S62-swapped E38 did… Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Kevin Uy.

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Superb tuned 1989 BMW 328i Coupe Automatic E30 M52-engined

Superb tuned 1989 BMW 328i Coupe Automatic E30 M52-engined

Express Yourself 2.8 M52-swapped E30 ‘Don’t go for second best, baby.’ That’s what Madonna told us back in 1989 – and thanks to a smart M52 swap and some clever personal touches, she might as well have been singing about this very car… Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Adam Rous.

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Supercharged 700bhp BMW M6 E63

Supercharged 700bhp BMW M6 E63

Force of nature 700hp supercharged E63 M6 Finished in a stunning matt wrap, covered in carbon and with a phenomenal supercharged V10 under its bonnet, this E63 M6 is pure modified BMW perfection. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Rich Pearce.

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Stunning BMW 3.0CS E9 on Air-Ride

Stunning BMW 3.0CS E9 on Air-Ride

Air-Ride E9 3.0 CS Stunning classic build. Just because a car’s obscure, that doesn’t make it untouchable. And anyone who has beef with the idea of modifying a rare classic would do well to take a lesson from Alexander Steffen: he built this menacing low-down cruiser to fulfil a long-held dream, and there are few stronger justifications than that… Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Tony and Carmen Matthews.

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1977 BMW 633CSi E24

1977 BMW 633CSi E24

After a reclusive existence behind the doors of an old barn, this special BMW began a second life. This is a barn find story but not as you know it... Words: Maurice van Kesteren and Simon Jackson . Photography: Maurice van Kesteren.

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1991 BMW 325i Sport E30

1991 BMW 325i Sport E30

Is this 6000-mile E30 the UK's best surviving example? With just 6800-miles on its clock, could this immaculate 1991 BMW 325i Sport E30 be the fi nest surviving example on UK roads? Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: Rich Pearce.

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1997 BMW Z3 1.9 Roadster E36/7 - £600

1997 BMW Z3 1.9 Roadster E36/7 - £600

Budget thrills Meet the £600 Z3 – bought and restored for TV's Flipping Bangers... Created by the man behind Wheeler Dealers, Flipping Bangers follows the fortunes of two mates attempting to turn a profit on cheap cars in the real world. This is the story of the sub-£1000 BMW Z3 Roadster... Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: Gus Gregory.

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Custom BMW 116d F21

Custom BMW 116d F21

Surrounded by fancy pipes in Longlife Caerphilly’s shadowy workshop, Jake Bajai’s 1 Series cuts quite a dash. And with this unique custom ride, the shiny stainless steel is just one element of an ambitious and colourful dream… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Andrew Thompson.

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Styled and tuned BMW 328i Coupe E36/2

Styled and tuned BMW 328i Coupe E36/2

This car should have been a sensible daily driver. That was Stacy Brown’s original plan for it, merely a replacement for the old daily. But when you accidentally bid on a retro purple sports car, ‘sensible’ goes out of the window…Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Original Persona.

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Full-on brutal tuned 600bhp BMW M4 GTS F82

Full-on brutal tuned 600bhp BMW M4 GTS F82

Full-on brutal M4 GTS F82. You might think that there’s not a whole lot you could do to a car as extreme as the M4 GTS, but there isn’t a BM out there that can’t be made to go faster and look better, as this example proves. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: C3 Photography.

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Turbo M50-engined 724bhp BMW E30 Coupe

Turbo M50-engined 724bhp BMW E30 Coupe

With outrageous custom bodywork and a massively modded turbo M50 under the bonnet, this extreme E30 is as wild as they come. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Jape Tiitinen.

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Turbo S38-swapped 850bhp BMW E9

Turbo S38-swapped 850bhp BMW E9

850bhp E9 sleeper - Turbo S38-swapped classic icon. With immaculate classic looks on the outside and 850bhp of turbocharged S38 fury on the inside, this astonishing E9 is the ultimate sleeper. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Tuomas Girsen.

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2020 AC Schnitzer ACL2S F22 - 400bhp tuned monster BMW M240i-based

2020 AC Schnitzer ACL2S F22 - 400bhp tuned monster BMW M240i-based

To celebrate its 30th anniversary AC Schnitzer pledged to build 30 special cars based on the F22 or F23 M240i. We drive not only the first ever ACL2S – the Essen Motor Show car itself – but also the only one in the UK... Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: Gus Gregory.

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Barn find 1989 BMW M3 E30 - Classic M3 rediscovered

Barn find 1989 BMW M3 E30 - Classic M3 rediscovered

Abused, crashed at the Nürburgring and then abandoned for almost a decade, Bert De Jonge’s E30 M3 has quite a story... Words & Photography: Robb Pritchard.

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Bob is confused over BMW’s electric vehicle strategy...

Bob is confused over BMW’s electric vehicle strategy...

Everyone and their dog are at it these days – yup, that’s right, I’m talking about electrification. Whether it’s pure electric BEVs (battery electric vehicles) or PHEVs (plug-in hybrid vehicles) every manufacturer is jumping on the bandwagon, keen to assert their position as the world leader in eco-friendly transportation for the masses, or given their price points, should that be the very well heeled?

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BTCC-winning 1992-spec BMW 318iS E36

BTCC-winning 1992-spec BMW 318iS E36

World (in) famous in New Zealand. Warren Good’s ex-Tim Harvey BTCC-winning BMW 318iS. Words: Ross MacKay. Photos: Richard Dimmock, Geoff Ridder.

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Alun Parry and his 1982 BMW E21 Alpina B6 2.8

Alun Parry and his 1982 BMW E21 Alpina B6 2.8

Alun Parry and his Alpina B6 2.8 A man with an Alpina addiction shares the story behind his immaculate 1982 B6. Words by Antony Ingram.

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Life Cycle 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti

Life Cycle 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti

Life Cycle The family-owned life of Germany’s oldest-known 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti. The life story of an Alpina 2002ti Racer, rally car, daily-driver, family heirloom – this remarkable BMW has been all of these things at the same time. Its two family owners tells its tale Words Sam Dawson. Photography Jörg Wellmann.

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BMW M5 E28 - my drive

BMW M5 E28 - my drive

BMW M5 E28 Ross Culver ‘The engine is a masterpiece, but the chassis set-up just edges it’

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John looks back to his father’s first BMW and how it led to his own fascination with the brand...

John looks back to his father’s first BMW and how it led to his own fascination with the brand...

Father's Day 2019 coincided with Bloomsday, my wedding anniversary and the fortieth anniversary of the release of Joy Division's album, Unknown Pleasures. It also coincided with my eldest daughter rolling one of my cars through a hedge and youngest daughter's bedroom ceiling being pulled down as part of a Victorian house restoration project. It was the opposite of all those "perfect Father's Day" TV ads and one of the least relaxing Father's Days I can remember. But I would still describe it as a decent weekend.

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War and Peace - BMW 503

War and Peace - BMW 503

Often overlooked in favour of its more sporty two-seater relation - the 507, the equally sought after 503 illustrates an important part of BMW’S post-war history... Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: BMW AG.

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Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

This original M Sport saloon set the template for all that followed.

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1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

Alpina B9 3.5 E28. There isn't much that's cooler than a 1980s BMW these days. Apart from this Alpina...

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1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic Bryan Werbinski ‘It rides like you're flying along on a carpet made of marshmallows’

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