When it comes to the ’90s era of BMW, the E38 is, in countless ways, definitive of the marque. The chassis represents a direct focus a unique blend of comfort and power, with the now iconic BMW V12 standing as the must-have power plant option. The autobahn stormer boasted impressive figures: 322 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque in stock trim, making for a prime example of what a grand touring sedan could and should be.
Photography by Daniel Piker
Take a second look. It’s not every day that you’ll come across a car quite like this. Its intricacies and details run deep, to its core, and the effort instilled within it parallels the efforts of the biggest BMW tuning houses in the world. In fact, it’s a car BMW might have built themselves, if they were only crazy enough.
More than two years ago, StanceWorks embarked on its most modern project car to date – a 2000 BMW 740iL, with Jeremy Whittle behind the wheel. What began as “daily cruiser” quickly evolved, and in time, became what we’d consider might just be one of the best E38s out there, although we’re clearly biased.
In September, HRE Wheels unveiled the Classic Line, harking to the best designs of the ’90s. When asked if StanceWorks had any candidates for a first set, we knew just what to do. After wrapping a set of 309s in Nitto Invos, we mounted them to Jeremy Whittle’s E38 StanceWorks project build. Under the fluorescents of Downtown Los Angeles, we did what we do best once again.
We’ll let the video do the talking.
It’s always a lot of fun to join someone in celebrating the completion of their latest project to document it for the pages of StanceWorks, but I had a particularly good time when it came time to photography my friend Jeremy’s recent “Daily Driver” project. I loaded up my camera gear and we hopped onto the 405 with no set photo locations in mind. We simply drove around and stopped wherever we saw fit.