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Teaser: E30 M3 Racecar Set To Become Art Car

17 Oct

By Matt McCarron

Miguel Aponte-Rios' 1989 E30 M3 sits patiently in the driveway, waiting to be transformed into an art car.

E30 M3s seem to lend themselves to extreme modifications, particularly under the hood. But what about the exterior? When was the last time an E30 M3 really took your breath away, making you stare in dumbfounded amazement with your mouth agape? Well, if your answer to that question is “never” or “not in a really long time” stay tuned. GermanAutoNews is covering the transformation of BMWCCA and SCCA club racer Miguel Aponte-Rios’ 1989 E30 M3 race car into a one-off art car.

“Throughout the history of the cars that I’ve had I’ve always tried to be unique in one way or another,” said Aponte-Rios. “I still remember during those early years when all the art cars started coming out. I figured to do something unique with the car, do something related to BMW art cars.”

The transformation will take place this week at “Image 4”, a locally owned graphics and design firm in Manchester, N.H., with the car making its world debut during a Boston BMWCCA event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this coming weekend. Full coverage of the debut along with a full-length article will be available next week.

Along with its soon-to-be aesthetic significance this particular E30 M3 has an extensive race history. The car was previously owned and raced by Will Turner, owner of Turner Motorsport in Amesbury, Mass. It competed in BMWCCA J-Stock events throughout the Northeast, winning at such tracks as Lime Rock Park, Watkins Glen, VIR and Mont Tremblant.

Although the transformation hasn’t been completed yet, we were able to get some shots of the car before it goes under the knife. Enjoy!

Fresh Alpine White paint makes this BMW classic glimmer even in the afternoon shade.

A new carbon fiber rear spoiler adorns the rear trunk lid.

A somewhat dirty, yet nonetheless original S14 with just over 117,000 miles.

A "white" canvas, literally.

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