BMW as It’s Supposed to Be: Hartge 1987 535i

Hartge 1987 535i 11 photos
Photo: Stance Works
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 ‘Back in the day’, that’s what any die hard BMW fan will say whenever you’ll ask him which BMW was the best and they might just be right. Of course, in order to give a pertinent example, he has to know a bit about both BMW and its main tuning companies.

One such company, that was next to the Munich-based giant for a long while now, is Hartge and they built themselves an excellent reputation through masterpieces such as the one we’re about to show you.
Christopher Björåsen is the name of the guy that invested a lot of time and money into this E28 5 Series over the years, making sure it runs perfectly and not even a scratch shows up on its paint job. That might sound like nothing but it’s a 24-hour job though.

His passion for E28 5ers started 15 years ago, when everyone was looking at another legendary model, the E39 that might very well be the best ever built. However, his 535i is no slouch though. It was originally tricked by Hartge and even back then, despite being far away from the experience it has today, they did quite a job.

So, what makes this E28 a Hartge? The dash comes from the tuner alongside the striping and full leather interior. Other bits and pieces include items  such as a genuine Hartge wooden shift knob, as well as a genuine rubber rear deck spoiler (not installed for the photos).

To top everything off, he added a set of Hartge wheels he had already acquired. The wheels are 17x8.5 in the front, and 17x9.5 out back, with 205/40/17s and 215/40/17s respectively. In case you’re wondering what makes this baby look so aggressive, you’ll be happy to know that it’s the E28 M5 front spoiler that does the trick coupled with the lowered stance.

Other modifications include new rotors and calipers, and a bunch of other performance enhancing add-ons that truly make this 5er a unique car. However, as is the case with any true gear head, his car is still a ‘work in progress’ and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for it in the future.
Via: Stance Works
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