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  •   Wilhelm Lutjeharms reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    PAUL WALKER KNEW A THING OR TWO ABOUT E-S

    / #BMW-M3-Lightweight-E36 / #BMW-M3-E36 / / #BMW-M3-Lightweight / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW / #BMW-M3-Lightweight-Paul-Walker-E36 / #Paul-Walker / #Paul-Walker-E36

    The late actor Paul Walker, arguably best known for his work in the Fast & Furious series, continues to influence the motoring world in 2020 as his iconic car collection crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. Walker had collected all sorts of cool stuff, both stock and modified, including an E30 M3, the Nissan 370Z from Fast Five, a big-power R32 Skyline, and a Mustang Boss 302 race car – but the big story is that, weirdly, he’d collected five examples of the E36 M3 Lightweight. This limited edition model, of which fewer than 130 were built, was a stripped-out road racer, and Walker seemed to think it had strong investment potential. He was right. The previous auction record for one of these was $145,750, but when Walker’s cars went under the hammer in January, sale prices ranged from $220,000 to $385,000.
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  •   Wilhelm Lutjeharms reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    ADE’S E36 #BMW-323i-E36 / #BMW / #BMW-323i

    As clean as the #BMW-E36 was, original owner Malcolm had a few mishaps with it in his later days of ownership. Nothing serious, but a bump on the front and rear corners were enough to persuade the 90-year-old to give up driving and sell up. Fast forward a few months and I’ve sorted the basics, had some fun on track and now I’m ready to freshen up the cosmetics.

    As much as I like the simple SE looks I do prefer the Sport styling, and when both front and rear bumpers were required I couldn’t bring myself to not have some M3 influence coming into play! Up front, a cheap but surprisingly good-quality reproduction bumper was bought new from eBay for under £100. Complete with all fittings, trim and even an M3 Evo splitter it’s a total bargain! At the rear, the M3 rear bumper is subtly different in its shape towards the lower edges with a boxier design, plus there’s also the obvious rear diffuser. This isn’t such a bargain new, so a good used example was sourced locally. Same goes for the ‘twist’ side skirts, which will nicely bulk out the sills. The nose cone was also damaged, so the chance was taken to fit a new pre-facelift version which houses more discreet sunken grilles. Lower down the 323i’s front end was also personalised with some amber crystal fog lights. An unusual touch, but one which perfectly suits the car’s colour scheme.

    With all the parts collected it was time to deliver it to a capable #bodyshop , and there are few places more on the ball than #KD-Kustoms in Lochgelly, Fife. Just down the road from Driftland and more than used to dealing with old cars, drift cars and E36s in particular, they really are the right team for the job. A full respray would be nice in an ideal world, but this is meant to be a budget fun car, so Neil and the team got to work on repairing and blending-in the areas which needed TLC. Tricky areas like the rear quarter with its integrated seam were pulled out and tidied expertly. The rear arches were also trimmed and sealed around the inner lip as I was having hassle with rubbing. It wasn’t even tyre rubbing, but instead the actual wheel lip!

    With spray gun guru Toole finished applying the fresh Canyon red metallic it was time for assembly and then on to KD’s sister company, HyperKleen, for a full detailing session by Kara. The results speak for themselves and are way beyond what I ever expected from a budget tidy up job. Now the E36 is back to the condition it was in for most of Malcolm’s ownership, just now with a bit of an M3 flavour sprinkled on!

    The E36 ready for its transformation. The E36 was delivered to KD Kustoms for its makeover. Damaged areas were repaired prior to the fitting of the M3 parts. M3 bumper looks great and Ade has added some amber foglights as well. Replica M3 bumper with Evo splitter. The E36 was treated to a full detailing session. ‘Twist’ side skirts and M3 rear bumper
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