Photography by Daniel Piker
Every car has a story, some far more interesting than others. Hand-me-downs, barn finds, long-term searches and heart-felt builds; I swear I’ve heard them all. That is, of course, until I heard the shady backstory of Alex Ciceu’s S52-swapped E30 M3.
Peering inside and out of the E30 M3 at hand, one thing is clear: no expense was spared in building it.
The E30 chassis is one of the most recognizable, widely known BMW body styles, and for great reason. With confident body lines, sharp but friendly features, and wide availability, it is quite often the first foray for many BMW enthusiasts’ addiction to vintage cars. For this exact reason it has become increasingly difficult to find a pristine and polished example of an E30 in the enthusiast world.
Enter Dave DelTorto with his beautifully refined 325is.
In the car scene of today, the current trend seems to be pushing cars to their absolute extreme, often leaving any sense of practicality behind in the pursuit of creating the next “big hit.” The wheels sit mere millimeters (or less) from the fenders, smashing into them over even the slightest of bumps, while the ground “clearance” insures the body of the car is just as friendly with the pavement.