Photography by Mike Crawat
The 1-series, launched with the E82, was warmly welcomed to the BMW lineup. As a small sports coupe, it was the replacement E30 and E36 guys had been asking for for ages. The 1M took the car to new levels, and today sits as a cult classic, holding unprecedented values when compared to most new BMWs. Its successor, however, became the 2-series: quite clearly the next coupe in the lineage but with a new badge.
With a keen eye, this car may look familiar. In 2015, Antoine Spignardo made the move from east coast to west, and with him came his 135i, featured in our article, Power & Poise. Recently, though, Antoine moved on to a new 2018 BMW M3, with plans to give it the high fashion treatment. Jeremy Whittle, long-time StanceWorks friend and homepage resident, took hold of the little white coupe, and breathed new life into this well-kept 135i.