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Spotted in China: E32 BMW 7-Series with AC Schnitzer body kit

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A wondrous white E32 BMW 7-Series sedan with a period AC Schnitzer body kit, Spotted in China on the Beijing Tuning Street in the east of the capital. A truly rare sight because the BMW E32 was never exported to China, let alone in sexed up form. This particular 7 is only the second E32 we meet in country, after an abandoned 750iL that I found close to my new house in Beijing (it is still there).

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The AC Schnitzer kit normally came with speedy alloys, but it seems this car has the original wheels (re)fitted. There were no badges on the vehicle but it is a stretched ‘L’ version and wide ‘kidney’ grille indicates this must be a V8 or V12 model. AC Schnitzer was handy with engines too, easily extracting up to 50 extra horses from the solid BMW power plants. The E32 7-Series was made from 1986 until 1994 and the first AC Schnitzer tuned examples arrived in 1988, competing with similar kits from Alpina and Zender.

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The car was in reasonable state. Bodywork covered in Beijing dust but otherwise fine. The big Bimmer must have arrived very recently because I didn’t see it during my earlier visit to the street. Let’s hope those tuning shops don’t turn this beauty of a Bimmer into a Chinese wedding car with a Pink interior.

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Make her like she was, or let her be. We will, be watching…

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Two Rollers and a Benz, all in sad shape, parked to the right of the BMW.



 

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