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Rolling In AC Schnitzer Style

Michael Shartsis
Nov 1, 2001
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East Coast resident, Allan Greenfield, knows what’s cool. He’s a mover and a shaker in the business world and if that’s not enough, he drives a pimped-out ’01 BMW 330Ci that many MAX readers can only dream about. But that’s not why he built the Bimmer, at least not completely. His reasoning behind dropping 20K into an already expensive European car was not about a dream; rather it was about a statement. That statement… you don’t have to sacrifice style and performance for function and reliability. From the look of his 3-Series, he might be on to something.

Modification work began on the bottom side of Allan’s BMW. Installed fore and aft are AC Schnitzer coil springs. With the ride height decreased slightly from stock, a set of specially calibrated AC Schnitzer struts were next.

The finely tuned suspension package provides Greenfield with improved performance in the turns, without sacrificing daily-driving comfort. Last Minute Racing provided the installation know-how. Crowning the European tuned chassis are 19x8.5-inch AC Schnitzer “Type III” one-piece alloy wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact rubber measuring 235/35-19 in the front and 265/30-19 in the rear. The finished product provides Allan with added stability during demanding driving conditions, when not caught in New Jersey Turnpike traffic.

The BMW was next delivered to C&D Auto Body for color match work. Prior to spray time, AC Schnitzer bumper spoilers and side skirts were prepped along with sport mirrors, a roof spoiler, and three-piece trunk mount wing. C&D flawlessly applied several coats of silver paint to the BMW’s new AC Schnitzer appointments. During the reassemble process, Greenfield opted for the installation of Euro-spec clear lighting accents for the front corners, fenders, and rear taillights of his 330Ci. The final exterior touches come in the form of an AC Schnitzer pinstripe kit.

With the Bimmer’s chassis and exterior upgraded nicely from stock, Allan turned his attention to the 3.0L powerplant. To accomplish the “tuned engine” factor, Greenfield enlisted AC Schnitzer performance essentials. Installed beneath the car, is an AC Schnitzer stainless exhaust system to alleviate back pressure. Also added to the mix is an AC Schnitzer short-shift kit, which allows Allan to row throw the gears at a faster pace. Although Greenfield’s BMW won’t be winning any speed competitions anytime soon, he still enjoys the increased passing power acquired from the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades.

Nearing completion, the cockpit was last on Allan’s list. Starting with a fully equipped 330Ci featuring factory gray leather upholstery, and a premium sound system complete with six-disc CD changer, Greenfield opted to simply add AC Schnitzer aluminum pedal set, e-brake cover, and floor mats. The completed package is subtle yet extremely rich in style.

Finished, Allan enjoys the traditional European-tuning philosophy of working with just one tuner. By only installing AC Schnitzer products the Bimmer’s style and performance accessories come together in harmony, and provide Allan with the perfect addition to his business-class lifestyle.

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By Michael Shartsis
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