Modified BMW E36 328i
Chandeep Singh Oberoi’s modified BMW E36 328i
Birthdays are usually a time for parties, chocolate cake and chicken nuggets, but for Gubs Singh’s 21st birthday, he not only got all of the above but a lovely 328i BMW convertible too. By any standards, the Beemer was hardly an ugly car from the off with its leather, ample power and bright paintwork, so while Gubs was still at university the car was enjoyed as a daily bruiser for carting him and his mates around. As a few years passed, with a degree, a new job and a few birthday cakes under his belt, Gubs found himself in the position to buy some bits for the car.
It started externally, simply by upgrading the front and rear bumpers to M3 items which gave the car a sharper look, but it soon lead to Gubs looking for a tasty set of wheels to match. On his quest a set of 17-inch OZ Futuras popped up, which were purchased and mounted on the car – the only problem being that the 10-inch wide rears poked out a good inch! For some this is a good look, but for Gubs, a classy VIP look was where it was at. So the car was sent to local body shop Tristar Coachworks for a spot of work to the rear arches, flaring and blending until it was perfect and cleared the wheels.
Soon enough though, Gubs had given the guys an all clear on a long list of things to smooth, blend and colour code before having a full respray. With added custom carbon touches like the mirrors and badges, the exterior was nearly done. Soon after the car rolled out of the body shop and was sitting proud, Gubs decided to have the wheels sent off for polishing to complement the new black paint. During the process a genius plan was hatched to get the car low on air ride, and a few emails to European company G.A.S later saw Gubs with a 2-way air ride set-up on his front door. Once fitted, adjusted and the ride height set, the car looked stunning on deck, finishing off the exterior perfectly.
As the Beemer was looking pretty, summer was approaching and the car was a convertible, it was only right the inside got the VIP touch too. After sourcing M3 Evolution seats, Gubs plumped for a blood red retrim and took himself and the car along to Dave at d:class, who’s known for some pretty killer retrims. Gubs left it in Dave’s capable hands, anticipating a treat on his return – and boy, was it worth it! Every bit of the inside had been covered in Jaguar Connolly red leather and was perfectly stitched, including unusual items like the dash pod and even the boot lining. Mixed with black Alcantara on the dash as well as carbon fi bre additions to the surround, gear knob and door mirror inners, Gubs had this birthday present well and truly licked.
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