Follow-up on E30 Grape


The E30 Grape Follow-up

Igor Polishchuk

  Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I last updated the blog regarding the E30 Grape. Not much has changed since the initial build, except for the wheels—now replaced with Rotiform (SAC) ones—and it’s all set to travel to the new owner in Florida.  For those who might need a recap of the build process or want to delve into the details, check out the links below:  


When we completed the Grape E30 back in 2018 and showcased it at SEMA, we decided to enter it into the prestigious Battle of the Builders competition—an event widely regarded as one of the finest in the industry. What came as a surprise was achieving a Top 12 placement. Amidst a multitude of entries, our car stood among the best, earning us a spot in the elite bracket and featuring the car on live television. You can catch a comprehensive breakdown of the build on Motor Trend TV. Here’s a preview of the airing:


Direct link to the SEMA Battle of the builders page

  Notable features:






And many, many more….

Fast forward to 2023, the car has garnered attention through multiple magazine features and various shows and events. However, it’s primarily stationed at the shop, welcoming visitors who drop by the workshop. Take a look at some new pictures of the car starting with what’s underneath:


Let’s take a look at the Engine bay:


Let’s check out the Spec sheet:
1987 BMW 325is
Fully Rebuilt S52 (M3) engine w/ with ported & polished cylinder head.
11.5 to 1 compression
Custom CAtuned Subframe w/ S54 Oil pan and dual pick up
Z3M Steering Rack
Port matched Intake Manifold
CAtuned all aluminum Radiator w/built-in tank in Speed Black
CAtuned Radiator & Cooling hoses
Castro airbox and K&N Air filter
Custom Vibrant Stainless Exhaust System

Stripped the entire car to a shell
All new Bodywork & Daytona Violet Paint
OEM BMW Mtech1 Body kit with custom Retro ad-ons
Custom CAtuned Startec Tail lights
Square Typhoon headlights
Custom CAtuned Motorsport Door Handles
Carbon DTM mirrors
Euro Map Mirror
Custom CAtuned Gauge cluster by Bavarian Restoration
Euro Clock modified by Bavarian Restoration
Custom Diffuser (Lip/ Skirt)
CAtuned antenna
CAtuned Retro Roundels
Retro Rear Kamei Rear spoiler & Front fender strips

New Black Carpet & BMW floor mats
New Suede Black Headliner & custom recovered pillars
Rare Mtechnic Interior on Recaro seats
Leather-covered dash and center console
Retro tape deck
Retro tape deck center console holder
Retro bag phone
Custom CAtuned Airbag Performance Suspension On Airlift management
FLO air ride tank w/ custom mounting in the trunk & hard line
Upgraded ST sway bars front & rear
CAtuned Chromoly sway bar links
All new Wheel Bearings & much more
All New rear Brake Calipers & Ceramic Brake Pads
Custom CAtuned Stage 3.0 BBK Big Brake Upgrade 12″ rotors with 4 piston
Custom Rotiform Forged 16″ Wheels 16×8 and 16×9.5
Toyo Tires 205/40/16 front & 215/40/16 rear


Ok let’s check out the outside:


Let’s check out the inside and some details:


I might be a bit biased, but I genuinely believe this Coupe E30 stands among the finest out there. Thank you for taking the time to explore the car. Here’s to more exciting builds in the future! Take care, everybody!”





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