Behind H&R – Christian Heine’s BMW E9 3.0 CSi

-December 10, 2015-

Behind H&R – Christian Heine’s BMW E9 3.0 CSi

Mike Burroughs

"Would you like to see the E9?" I was asked. We had just finished our tour of the H&R factory, and shortly after, our original itinerary had us on our way back to Essen for the final days of the Essen Motor Show. The prospect of seeing an E9 - Christian Heine's E9 - was alluring, as I was certainly expecting a nice car. However, through the years, I've seen my fair share; predictably, I wasn't jumping at the opportunity. Interested? Sure. But not enthralled. Be that as it may, what rolled out from behind the garage door was entirely unexpected. Christian's E9 was far from run-of-the-mill. Instead, my jaw hung in bewilderment, as it was perhaps the one of the most enjoyable cars I've seen all year.

What had began as a photo shoot of the H&R factory had quickly diminished. Our focus on the facility quickly turned, and the E9 Coupe had my sole attention. Shrouded by the gloomy, cloudy skies, the deep black E9 was softly lit: a photographer's dream. The paver stones under the car offered the perfect balance of texture against the slick, sleek car; for someone as picky as I am towards photo locations, things were working brilliantly. Before I knew it, I was asking to reposition the car, angle by angle, as snapshots grew into a full-on shoot for an unanticipated StanceWorks feature.

Christian Heine's E9 is simple by any measure, but its retained elegance is what solidifies the car's impact. E9s need little in the way of improvement; short of the 507 and select others, the E9 is perhaps BMW's most beautiful creation, just as they came from the factory. The changes made to Christian's E9 were concise and methodical, and straight to the point. Soaked in fresh rich, black paint, the E9's presence was only enhanced. Some say black is the only choice of color for any car, and I rarely agree, but Christian's E9 is certainly an exception. Chrome accents and details play up the car's imposing contrast, sealing the deal.

17" BBS RS wheels play off of the car's polished and chromed brightwork, sporting a full-polish finish that leaves no room for improvement. Their measurements are modest, making good use of the E9's small wells without going overboard. The car's monochromatic black-and-chrome aesthetic is both modern and timeless, fitting for a classic that lives in the German countryside. Tucked behind the wheels are, suitably, a set of H&R coil-overs, currently raised thanks to the car's recent participation in a road rally across the country. Christian spoke of his frustration, wishing that our arrival had been better timed so that the car could sit at his desired ride height. I assured him that despite his worries, the car was perfect as-is.

Inside the car, it's all about the details. It's impossible to miss the dash-mounted co-driver, whose name escapes me. However, her companionship is aided by the addition of an era-correct Nardi wheel and Alpina shift knob, both with dark, matching wood to bring forth the E9's beautiful wood-ladden interior. The "black" exterior theme carries into the car as well, with freshly re-done black leather seats and door cards. The interior touches add to the exterior's tenor: only add the necessities.

I've quelled the regret of selling my own E9, but this has brought upon a resurgence. In many ways, Christian's car reminds me of my own, only far more refined, which serves to only make the pain of regret worse. However, to witness such a car is an overwhelming joy, surpassing any heartbreak that began to stir. Furthermore, Christian's E9 only proves that from the suspensions they build to the cars that use them, the H&R family has a knack for doing seemingly everything well.


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Comments on Behind H&R – Christian Heine’s BMW E9 3.0 CSi

  • Guest

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  • Miles hardy


  • wawhiteii

    This car is near perfect as far as I can tell!  I think the 17″ wheels are the ideal fit for the E9’s wells and the ride-height looks spot-on as far as I can tell.  Any lower and there may be wheel-rub.  As you well point out, these cars need little to make them look “just right”

  • Adrian Pakulski

    Looks just amazing. Brilliant!

  • ioncelfals

    ze germans know vat zey are dooing :)
    the photo with the headlamp detail is beautiful, i like it a lot

  • RobertKyle1

    Would be 100% perfect if it had a front bumper and a CSL-type front spoiler. 
    I feel E9s are not balanced if running a rear bumper, but no front.

  • Daniel69

    What a beauty, so slick.

  • CliveTurrell


  • TJ Martin

    Good lord ! That car is so clean it almost hurts to look at it . Not a part out of place and everything ” Just Right ” The only other E9 I’ve seen that even comes close is the Resto Mod E9 Cole Foster and his Salinas Boyz built ! The photos are great as well and completely apposite to the car itself . Phew . Think I’ll have me another look . Or three

  • CarlosPalma2

    The car that made me want an e9! Just perfect. What about a desktop wallpaper?

  • Sebhelyesfarku

    Perfect. Only a retard would lower it more.

  • krister hagen

    A really nice E9… I am looking for a rear end of a 1972 E9 due to a major collision. 

    Please send me an email if you have any information to pass on…

    Thank You!


  • Rene du Bois

    Beautifull Coupe
    Had a fully restored one in blue 1972
    Drove it 5 years as i found it in Switserland
    Decided to restore to brand new with a brand new engine
    Two months after finishing the project (1,5 year) a youngster pushed off the road into a massive concrete base with H steel post of a highway road sign
    Hit it excactly in the middle with 80 km p hr
    Leaving a v shape form
    Driver was tested and result drunk !!!
    Could not restore again and sold it to be used for parts , buyer was blown away realising all new parts , asking me why not restore another car , i couldn’t at that time
    Looking at this beauty wish i did so !

  • best photo edition

    Pure beauty, what a shape! One of my favourites cars ever

  • jmas11

    I would drive this car no faster than the speed limit and just soak in the jealousy and adulation.  What a work of art!

  • Renanmorten


  • Rolf Jäger

    Great car, great look. But please no low profile tyres on BBS!!!!

  • Matt Lyon

    The wheels are stunning !!! Anyone can tell me what the offset is ?

  • M Shidiq
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