1975 BMW 2002 E10 – The perfect recipe.

Words: Joe Allard | Photography: Jeroen De Plancke | Owner: Neils Christiaens

 

 

What is the perfect recipe for a modified car? Depending on your requirements, ours is simplicity or as we’ve mentioned before “less is more” and in this case, Neils’s Christiaens 2002 is the palette cleanser.

 

Hors d'oeuvres

Niels, 26 from Belgium had enquired about purchasing the car from a friend 4 years ago and after 2 years of persuasion, Niels finally got the phone call he had been waiting for and was offered the car. The car was bought in its original factory state, after 2 years of hard grafting with a little help from a few friends, The results speak from themselves and the proven formula "less is more" has worked again.

 

Appetizer

Being a stock car, Niels had a blank canvas to work with, retaining the original paint to how the car left the factory in 1975 which is simply a striking “Mint Green”. The factory exterior has not been entirely left untouched though, The custom front air dam dominates the front end giving the car an aggressive presence.

Main

The interior is beautifully simplistic, analogue dials, manual controls and minimal electronics. A thing of the past which should be celebrated, Niels has complemented the period interior by adding a 3.0 CSL steering wheel, a fitted custom centre console, a carbon binnacle surround and a pair of re-trimmed Porsche 956 seats. Did you notice the “air conditioning”?

Dessert

Under the arches, we have the make or break of any car, the wheels, BBS E49s - An unmistakable wheel design that is loved throughout. Wrapped in 165/40/16 Nankang NS20 (god bless Nankang) which stretch over 4.5” up front and 6.5”on the rear. In order for the wheels to sit correctly, there’s only one place in Belgium to take on the job, Kean Suspension. An all custom air ride kit was fabricated and fitted to get the car laying over the E49s perfectly. The stance of this car is a real eye pleaser.

 

Cheese Board 

With the standard power plant in place, future plans are to replace it with a turbo’d M42 318is. Other than that, Niels wants to enjoy the car in its current from and why the hell not, its jaw dropping. 

 

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