A True Classic: Riley Stair's 1986 BMW E28 535i

A True Classic: Riley Stair's 1986 BMW E28 535i 16 photos
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We're not bias when saying that this car is a classic. The E28 5 Series was, and still is, a benchmark in the car industry, along with its brother, the E30 3 Series. When these cars were made, the level of electronic parts present on the production line, and later on the cars themselves was limited, close to nothing. That is what we love about them.
Today, most cars have a lot of electronic parts, from all kinds of sensors to the pedal that asks for more gas. This is not something to dislike, but using so many electronic parts takes away some of the driving pleasure a car should bring you. Moreover, most of these parts can break down a lot easier than mechanical ones and they are all interconnected in such a way that if any of them breaks down, your car will be almost unusable.

The car we're looking at today is a 1986 BMW E28 535i. Painted in a classic Gloss Black and with the BBS rims it looks stunning. You cannot help but wonder how is it so straight after all this time, and how come everything still works. It's the wonder of a good job done by the engineers from BMW.

At first look this beauty looks simple, classic and stylish. It is, it's just that its beauty lies in all the carefully put together details. The car now has chrome side mirrors that fit in perfectly and the so-called "California Bumper" which is a modified version of the original BMW bumper. The "California Bumper" is tucked as close to the body as possible giving the car an even more aggressive look along with the massive front kidney grilles.

The BBS rims, called RS211 were rebuilt to the 16x10 size in the front and 16x11.5 at the back. You might wonder about the color of these beauties. They are powder-coated in Ivory White and the lips have been polished along with the rest of the hardware. The coil overs have been changed with shortened Ground Control ones for both the front and the back.

The front and back seats have been changed with "Llama" colored counterparts and the rest of the interior, like the door cards and parcel shelf have been covered in brown tweed. The steering wheel is now a Nardi whilst the shift knob comes from a E12 and has a woodgrain exquisite finish.

Riley had this to say about his projects: "While everyone enjoys recognition for the things they've done, I really can honestly say I work on my car because it's what I love to do. I appreciate the recognition, don't get me wrong, but for the most part I just kind of mind my own business and tinker on my car."

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