There were about 60 reveals at the LA Auto Show this week and—for the most part—none of them were enthusiast-worthy for sharing on social media. Lucky for you, when we got bored, we started exploring other parts of the LA Convention Center, away from the main halls where manufacturers were showing off their latest creations.
Enter, The Garage.
In the belly of the convention center, Prestone has curated and sponsored a massive collection of heavily customized vehicles. Old classic stuff from the 1930s, as well as current year vehicles, highlight what is possible with a performance mindset and some serious wrench time. That’s where we came across this CAtuned BMW E30.
The 1989 325is stands out not just because of its Bianchi Bicycles celeste green paint job, but because of those very non-BMW-looking rectangular headlights. At first look, we thought the car was an old VW Fox. After inspecting the headlights, our eyes fell upon the black bumpers—which weren’t black at all; they are carbon fiber. The Space Age material is also used on the side skirts, rear bumper, and pretty much anywhere else on the four-door that looks black.
Pretty much everything on the Bimmer is aftermarket, including the engine. Instead of using the factory fitted BMW engine that normally comes in 325is models, CAtuned dropped an S54 M3 motor into the sedan.
According to the vehicle description display next to the vehicle:
Igor Polishcuk created CAtuned with an ethos to laboriously restore E30s beyond what the factory thought was possible. The Mint-E, is an exceptional example of what his team can do. The car was stripped to the frame and received hundreds of unique and rare components making it a beast of a different nature. Adding a built S54 M3 motor is a nice touch, too.
After doing some research on the CAtuned “Mint-E” it appears the vehicle made its first debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last year. Lucky for you, it can be seen if you are in the Los Angeles area. The Garage is open to the public during the public viewing days of the LA Auto Show, Dec. 1 – 10.