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  • 90sM3 | 1995 BMW M3 Lux Blau Metallic

    1995 BMW M3 Luxury Package

    Avus Blau Metallic exterior

    Grey w/ wood trim interior

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    This is my 1995 M3. I bought it from Castro Motorsports about three years ago as you see it below. The mechanics were already done when I bought it. All I did was a lot of cosmetic work to get it to where it's at now.

    The car originally started life as a Luxury Package M3 with a S50 motor, grey interior with wood trim. Below are a few photos of it's transformation.

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    The first thing I did was purchase new wheels. I work at VIP Modular Wheels so I made some custom concave 18" FXS-110's for it. The car came with some unknown 18" wheels that I felt were unsafe due to the way they were made. Long story short, I made some wheels that clear the Brembo Gran Turismo brakes and maximized all aspects to lay as much rubber on the ground as possible.

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    The next thing I focussed on was the interior. I could not handle the grey with wood trim so I found someone on the east coast that was selling a really nice complete change over to black with motorized Vaders.

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    The car remained in this stage for a while as I slowly hoarded parts to get it to the way I envisioned.

    Meanwhile, that's when I bought the Porsche 964 which redirected my focus and the M3 sat for a little over a year.

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    Fast forward to about a month ago, I really started to get motivated on finishing this car. The paint on a bunch of the body parts were not up to my standard so I started taking parts off and sent them out to be painted.

    Somewhere along the line, I also decided to go with a "blacked out" look as well, refinishing the wheels, switching to smoked tail lights and a few other bits.

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    And here's the car in it's current state. It's almost where I want it. I've been itching to drive it but since it's been sitting for so long, it hasn't been running right and I'm waiting for Castro Motorsports to have an opening for service. Probably a fuel issue.

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    Custom headlights from @e36retrofit

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    The only plans that I have for it now are new wheels. Even though these wheels only have about 500 miles on them, these are not the wheels I truly envisioned in the end.

    As a teenager in the 90's, my true love was for Japanese cars and I got tied up in the whole JDM scene like a lot of the kids back then. I always wanted an E36 M3, but instead of putting BBS's or AC's, I wanted to add a little Japanese flavor. I saw a Japanese magazine in the 90's with an E36 M3 on Enkei RP01's. To me, it was a beautiful combination. The thin 5 spoke look, the convex of the faces and just the fact that it was period correct but with a little twist just hit me a certain way. Then a few years ago, I saw someone with a 4 door E36 on Instagram w/ RP01's on it and I knew I just had to do it.

    Here's the car I saw on IG. Credit to the owner. This is the idea but obviously I won't be that low and I don't plan on stretching the tires like that. Maybe just a slight euro stretch.

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    Ever since I acquired this car, I was in search for 18" RP01's. I put search alerts on Ebay, Craigslist, Offerup and searched forums repeatedly. It's been 3 years and FINALLY a set popped up just a couple weeks ago. I contacted the seller and I'm happy to report that they arrived last week. They're a little beat up to say the least but nothing I can't handle with the resources I have. They'll be back on the road with a new life in no time. I can't wait so stay tuned.

    Here are the actual wheels. I was told that Enkei made very few sets of 18" which were targeted towards the Mazda RX7 market and mine actually have chalk markings that say 93 RX7 on them. Didn't come with tires and I'm on the hunt for center caps. They will be machined through my work from 5x114.3 to 5x120. Offsets are pretty similar to my current specs. The fronts are 5mm's more aggressive and the rears 10mm's. A slight stretch should do the trick.

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    Thanks for reading everyone. If you have any questions, I'm happy to help. Like I said earlier, I'm fairly new to the scene but happy to contribute in any way.

  • #2
    Not feeling either set of wheels but that's just me. The rest of the car looks awesome. Love Avus.
    Interesting that your strut towers and all engine bay areas are clearcoated - as far as I know, these were not clearcoated from the factory.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TexaZ3 View Post
      Not feeling either set of wheels but that's just me. The rest of the car looks awesome. Love Avus.
      Interesting that your strut towers and all engine bay areas are clearcoated - as far as I know, these were not clearcoated from the factory.
      The whole car was painted inside out. Glass and engine out.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 90sM3 View Post

        The whole car was painted inside out. Glass and engine out.
        Gotcha.

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