StanceWorks is no stranger to classic BMWs with air ride, or E30 M3s brought a lot closer to the ground thanks to coilovers, but a genuine E30 M3 on bags? That’s blasphemous on all counts. You’ve probably already worked out that this is a car that will annoy the purists, but the controversy goes on, with the original S14 being pulled out in exchange for the well known S54 of the E46 M3, and the lesser-known Z4M and late Z3M models.
The debate between air suspension versus coilover suspension has been a popular one for quite some time. Arguments for style, safety, utility, and practicality all flare up regularly, and bounce back and forth unsurprisingly.
“Before I could even walk,” Shea tells me, “I had this little highchair on wheels that my pops would sit me in so that I could roll around the garage while he worked on restoring a 1972 Chevy C20.” Where some infants find solace in latching their tiny hands around rattles and bottles, Shea’s were clutched to the shank of a wrench, covered in grease and grime. It was evident from the get-go to the Weidlers that their son wasn’t going to stray far from his old man’s passions.
Dead End Magazine brought out this astounding ’53 Chevy to our first annual Avila Motoring Invitational. A month later, we’re still in awe, and thanks to our friends at Accuair, we’re now able to share the story behind it.
Let’s face it: If you’re unfamiliar with air suspension, the thought of bagging a car is a daunting one. Between struts, bags, fittings, compressors, lines, and management, it’s difficult to establish your bearings. A solid portion of the market is catered to with bolt-in kits, meaning most of what you need, if not everything, comes in a box and simply awaits installation. However, many cars aren’t so lucky.