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Not your average E30 Touring



Matt Cup

ClioSport Club Member
  R53
f**king awesome! BMW missed a trick not making //M Tourings (apart from the E60 M5 obviously)
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E30 Tourings are pretty rare in the USA but E30 M3 Tourings are unicorns because BMW never built them. We decided to fill that void in late 80's BMW history and build one with the help of modern technology.

what we started with was a nice, rare E30 Touring in silver, that was in need of some cosmetic restoration.

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at that time the idea of building one of a kind M3 Touring was born and we started to gather all the parts necessary for this conversion. To reproduce the lines of the legendary E30 M3 we bought used race car that had unlucky track excursion and was written off. This race car was cut with plazma cutter and we were able to give some of the parts second lease on life. Many other parts were bought brand new from the dealer, many parts were ordered from Europe and some of the parts were made by our shop.

e30 M3 race car that sacrificed it's parts for the e30 M3 Touring build

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we brought the original Touring into the shop and started doing work on it

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started the work on the front bumper, filling inn the blinker lights, making it look like the EVO III bumper, adding EVO II lip along with some other custom touches

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shaving the hood, eliminating the windshield washer nozzles

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custom Porsche Rennline front tow hook

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trying on the front bumper

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The work on rear quarter panels has begun. This was the most difficult part of the project along with the rear doors but now, looking back, it was well worth the effort, man hours, sweat and hard labor!

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We decided to retain the rear door handle for original looks but had to relocate it higher into the door to keep up with the original body lines

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AND FINALLY THE FINISHED CAR AS IT APPEARS TODAY

ENGINE:

Euro S50B30 (Euro E36 M3) engine with about 80k miles, all new gaskets, water pump, seals, hoses etc at the time of swap. Super Clean Swap - all wires are tuck + engine bay shave - the Best, cleanest swap you will ever see in an E30! Brand New Radiator, Custom cold Air intake, 5 Speed transmission with New Clutch, 3:46 LSD, Vented Z-Roadster rear cover, Custom Headers and Exhaust. New M3 Harness covers. All New power steering and reservoir Engine runs super smooth and pulls like a freight train! Synthetic oil always used ! Engine Needs Nothing ! There is no AC in this car. Heat is disconnected as I never drive it in the winter.

BODY:

All Metal OEM BMW M3 parts, custom work + custom paint, only the best materials are used, quality primer, paint and clear! This car is stunning in person! There is pretty much nothing original left on this car except the side glass, everything else was modified, updated and replaced!
New windshield, Shaved hood, shaved front bumper (EvoIII style), Rare carbon fiber front brake ducts, carbon fiber front splitter, Evo II front lip, Evo II hood gasket seals, Euro grills, Euro Smoked smileys with HID slim Xenon 6k, Auto art smoked turn signals, Carbon fiber rep AC Schnitzer side mirrors, AC Schnitzer pedals, AC Schnitzer side stripe decals, AC Schnitzer RARE steering wheel + hub! All new door seals, hood seals, bumper seals, sunroof seals (all OEM from BMW) at the time of repaint! Custom Porsche Rennline front tow hook, very RARE original Euro e30 MHW tail lights! Euro rear license plate holder. Euro front headlight wipers (for looks) and many many other upgrades!

INTERIOR: Fully custom e30 M3 sports interior in Audi Cork color with blue stitching! New Shift and Emergency brake boots, E34 leather hand brake, BMW ZHP weighted shift knob, New M3 Mats, custom instrument gauges: red needles, titanium rings, Euro e30 clock, custom cup holder with 2 outlets for 12v supply. Headliner was dyed black (has few pushpins to hold it tight). Over $2500 was spent on Music and Entertainment system + alarm: Nakamichi CD 400 head Unit, Kicker box, JL Audio and Alpine speakers, Alpine pdx SUB, custom wiring, remote control alarm system with DIGITAL remote display, etc...Everything is brand new and looks amazing!

SUSPENSION/BRAKES/WHEELS:

Everything is NEW ! Front control arms with M3 bushings, front links, rear control arm bushing, new Megan racing 34 click adjustable coilovers with adjustable CAMBER PLATES, Euro 320 brake booster, stainless steel brake lines, Mazda RX7 front calipers, VW corrado rotors, BBS Style 5 wheels, 17x8 powder-coated in black with new bolts, new 205/40/17 front and 215/40/17 rear tires, new alignment! Matching style 5 rims with brand new tire as spare !Car feels very well planted on the road. The adjustability of the suspension can make this car from race machine to city cruiser in just a few clicks, while you will also have the ability to raise or lower the car according to your liking! The brakes are awesome, the car stops on the dime! There are no noises, no issues. Everything works as it should! Car drives, stops and feels amazing!

Let the pics speak as I'm probably forgetting a lot of stuff but I do have receipts for all the mods as well as receipts from previous owners!

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I can pretty much guarantee you some kind of trophy at any kind of BMW show that you will attend ! I'm also 99.9999 % sure that you will never see another E30 M3 touring with the euro swap on the road!

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  #006
Great fabrication work, but as has already been said the colour doesn't suit it which makes it a bit too glitzy. IMO.
 
  BMW 330D
Would look better in red with silver wheels and that front bumper looks over the top. Almost got it it right just a bit too pimp my ride
 
  Turbos.
Wow, great work, especially with the rear arches and doors! I agree with some comments though, silver polished BBS would have been better, together with a recognisable 'classic' BMW M3 colour.
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Cool car, but would be more accurate if it had an E30 M3 engine in it too if it was meant to be the E30 M3 Touring that BMW should have made etc. Rather than the heavy six cylinder lump it ended up with.

Probably better for it though TBH as an estate car with the more modern six banger in there as obviously its no race car anyway.
 
think it should have been in a different colour tbh, an 'older' looking colour would have suited it a bit better. The alloys should have been polished imo, black alloys look cack and chavvy on every car.
that said, it still makes me wanna get my e30 out of the garage and do some more work on it!
 


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