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Old 04-02-2012, 04:18 AM
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Default Mike Burroughs’s 1971 BMW E9 (STANCE WORKS)

Not mine, but a solid write up with a tastefully modified E9.


Originally Posted by Mike Burroughs
There's something special about classic cars. Their defined lines and established curves, strangely inviting, even to those who don't know the difference between wheel and tire. Yet somehow, there's a bond seemingly everyone shares over these few remaining pieces of history. It's as though the presence of a classic car is enough for even the busiest of people to pause for a moment, if only to look and smile. But if they look twice, it's only a matter of time before they ask.
"What year is that?" It's always the first question.
It's rare that answering "1971" means much to anyone. After all, it's just a number, and unless you're a diehard enthusiast, it means nothing more than "1970". But nonetheless, their enthusiasm is piqued. It's as though the answer is acknowledgement that we're no longer strangers, and that we're about to discuss something much deeper than just an automobile.
For some, the trigger may be an old BMW, while for others it may be a Beetle, a Plymouth, or perhaps a Corvair. A fin-tailed Cadillac, a Bel-Air, or maybe an old Corolla. There's something most of us remember from our childhood. Maybe an Aunt picked you up from your mother's house in her '60s Benz, or maybe Grandpa had a '53 Chevy truck on his farm. We all have fond memories involving the cars that inspire the enthusiasm we have for cars today.
I drove my E9 into the beachfront neighborhood to snap some photos. Between the constant shoots we've been putting together and the effort it has taken to get the car back on the road since moving west, it was finally a chance to escape and spend some one-on-one time with her. While most of the changes have been minor, the HRE vintage series wheels were built for the car, intended to embody the soul of vintage motoring. I hadn't taken the time to do so since my first photo shoot back in July of last year. The quiet neighborhood overflowed with the remnants of sunlight, and it only seemed fitting, a perfect place to share a simple and understated car.
I hadn't been shooting for more than a minute when it happened. An older gentleman walking by asked the question. It wasn't long before we found ourselves discussing his 1978 BMW 733i. He tells me it's in perfect condition. He keeps it tucked away in the garage, just as he has every day since he purchased it new 34 years ago. The E9 brought him back through the decades, a special moment where paused to enjoy what the car, and his own, meant to him.
I kept snapping away, catching bits of sunlight as the sun passed through the leaves of the trees in the distance as the shadows grew longer and longer. A couple of men across the street stood on their front porch discussing what the car must be. "I think it's a 1976" one said. A young woman stopped to admire the car and share the story of her father's car growing up.
It's something cars built within recent years just don't inspire. Driving the E9 feels almost like an opportunity; a privilege. The chance to preserve a bit of automotive history as well as inspire those who find themselves looking at it. Even those without a love for cars find some inherent value in the car we've put together, and in turn, everything we do. Here at STANCE|WORKS, we take this sense of instilled inspiration to heart. It's precisely what we're here to do.


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Old 04-02-2012, 11:14 AM
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Default This fellow knows how to take good car pictures...

But like others ... I want to know what the turning radius is and how slow it has to go entering/existing driveways.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:06 PM
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"...the chance to preserve a bit of automotive history" ???

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Old 04-07-2012, 05:15 PM
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Clearly a lot of time and talent went into that car. It's your car and you can certainly do whatever you want with it, but until these cars get treated like classics they will never be considered classics.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:36 PM
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Default But elsewhere it's different

I don't know if you get across the little pond often, but go to Goodwood or one of the other big UK classic car festivals. One thing I LIKE about the old car scene there is the hot-rod attitude they take with cars we consider sacred in their pristine, original form. Not at all uncommon to see DB5's tooting around with added air intakes, lemans gas filler caps, etc. Yes, the 100% perfect and original ones are probably worth the most but the ones that get souped up with period-sensitive upgrades (and a few nods to modern reliability) also bring respect and the big bucks.

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Old 04-13-2012, 02:49 PM
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I respect the effort... but to me it just looks like it had a solid rear axle that broke in half. There is nothing appealing to me about how those wheels sit in the arches... and I love tastefully lowered cars.

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Old 04-13-2012, 04:36 PM
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Each to there own I say, personally I think it looks great, good to see younger guys getting into the E9, I'm sure Mike is well aware of the limitations lowering his car creates, but I'm picking it's a look thing he's after, it's a cool boulevard cruiser, he's not doing Laguna Seca in it, and at the end of the day it's only a set of springs to put it back to original (and maybe a panel and repaint of the front fenders ?)
72 3.0 cs (injected),5 sp cr, 3.64 LSD, lightened flywheel
Lowered 1 1/2 inchs, custom sway bars, konis, adjustble rear end, 17in M3 wheels
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