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Many of my close friends would call me a BMW enthusiast though like all car enthusiasts I can appreciate a little bit of everything. I don’t profile cars based on what country they’re made in or how many doors or cylinders they have. Enough about me, let’s talk more about this extremely attractive 1996 BMW 328is that belongs to my friend Lawrence Maerina. It’s got all the small details going for it as well as the overall look. It’s one of those cars the speaks for itself so I won’t get too into it. As always, you can check out the entire spec list on the very bottom of this feature.

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This car falls nothing short of stunning at first sight. The first time I saw this car was at a car show in Richmond, Crafted Fitment Lawrence won best BMW. The second time I saw this car at a show was at Drop that Frame in Vallejo this time around it won Best Euro, Best BMW, Cleanest Engine Bay and Best of Show. Bay such as the one above clearly explains why it was everyone’s favorite. It received a full wire harness tuck and shave down to clean things up, but not before a whole lot of things were replaced and upgraded.

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Starting with UUCmotorwerks underdrive pulleys to Spal 16inch electric puller fan & wiring kit, to Bimmerworld belt driven Fan Delete kit & M50 manifold install kit to things such as that beautiful Carbonio Carbon Fiber Intake you see on the right side and even smaller things that truly helped transform the entire bay such as the genuine BMW Euro radiator cover and polished front timing cover & thermostat housing. Like I said, this beauty has a ton of small details going for it that many non BMW enthusiast will easily overlook.

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Lawrence has owned this car since his junior year in high school. The car started its life as a white 328is with tan interior driven by an automatic transmission, or “autotragic” as we know it in the BMW community. Over time, just about all that has changed. The interior was transplanted with black “luxury package” from an M3, the transmission was replaced with a 5spd manual and of course, the paint. Lamborghini Grigio Telesto. The wheels on this car are 19″ Braid 8F series (9.5” rear 8.5” front), fitted with a 380mm Brembo big brake kit up front. Aesthetically, this set up is a match made in heaven in my opinion.

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Interior is just as beautiful as the exterior as you’d imagine. It features plenty of suede (headliner, pillars, rear shelf) and a beautiful MOMO hub & competition steering wheel. Other things that Lawrence upgrade was the Recaro SRD with optional harness sub-belt holes Passenger/Driver including the Recaro sliders and brackets. Extremely clean just like the exterior.

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That brings me to the way this BMW sits. As mentioned before, the wheels pretty unique Braid 8F series sized 19×9.5” in the rear and 19×8.5” up front. They are wrapped in Falken 215/35/19 up front and 225/35/19 in the rear tires. It sits on E36 M3 Ground Control Coilovers with E36 M3 Eibach front and rear adjustable sway bars and many other suspension components such as Rogue Engineering RSM & Ground Control Front & Rear Sway Bar endlinks

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It also has many subtle modifications including windshield wiper deletes, shaved rear trunk hatch, relocation of the fuse box & jumper junction. They’re small things that make the car just a little bit more awesome. Special Thanks to Alfred David of Illamentals for helping this build become a reality. For now, Lawrence is happy with his build but word on the street is he’s planning to do a 6.0L V8 with a T56.

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