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1986 BMW 540i (BMW V8 Swapped E28)

I've wanted to revisit the E28 chassis since getting my first nearly a decade ago. I was finally able to jump back in with an example I was very excited to find. It has been a California Car it's whole life, and started off as a 535i. It has been mostly refreshed, wearing a fresh coat of Schwarz Black Paint, and the interior has been redone in Brown Buffalo Leather. While not an option in e28s, this is a period correct premium leather option available on the 7 Series of the same vintage. 

The car has been upgraded to a more modern power plant with an M60 V8 out of a BMW E38 740i, which is a DOHC 4.0L that really embraces the german muscle cars vibe present in the E28. It has been paired with a 5 Speed Manual and Lightweight Flywheel to really liven up the driving experience. To help accommodate the addition power and torque of the V8, it is sitting on ground control coilovers, with modified subframes front and rear to allow proper geometry, and alignment at its lower ride height. 

A Euro Bumper and Headlight conversion was carried out to get the car back to it's original design as intended by BMW, and undo the US treatment done to the car. The vehicle sits on custom made magnesium centered BBS E50 wheels in 17", wrapped in 245/40/17 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Period correct and killer looking, while also giving the V8 the grip it desperately needs. 

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