Helping put the 5-Series closer to the ground are a set of Vogtland sport springs that give it a more menacing stance, while at the same time reducing the amount of body roll that is inherent with factory suspension setups.
Inside, the cabin is largely original save for a period correct 3-spoke steering wheel from German tuning house Alpina and manufactured by Momo. A modern Pioneer stereo system has also been installed for mobile phone connectivity, and to give Philip something to sing along to during long drives.
Dormant for years, the old car bug finally bit Philip in 2015 with the purchase of his first classic BMW – a third-generation ‘E36’ 3-Series sedan. Having been attracted to the car due to its low price and some choice engine parts, the relationship was short-lived due to complications with the car that proved too costly to fix.
Despite issues with the car, the brief 6 months Philip shared with the 3-Series was lengthy enough to cement his passion for classic BMWs. Swapping to a turbocharged Japanese car with an abundance of power offered him loads more creature comforts, but still lacked a certain mechanical character that made classic cars oh-so appealing.