Bella

Words & Pics by Wade Lambert


Slowly as I meet more people in the Cape Town car scene I make more friends and connections. You learn about new things, share experiences and even better you find the classic gems that get stored ever so preciously in the safety of a garage.

For Rowen an ex-durbanite who now lives in Cape Town this is only half true. Bella, his E30 makes regular appearances at shows, hook ups and Sunday cruises to sea point. Even though she is a super neat and well-kept classic she is taken out and let free regularly. Not only does Rowen enjoy it but the people who get to see it have the pleasure too.

MODIFICATIONS | 1989 BMW E30

Original Motor
Original Interior
Suspension: Static Coilover Suspension
Wheels: Chrome BBS RS Reps 17″ 8.5j front and 10j rear


After moving to Cape Town, Rowen and his dad started up a shop called Cole’s Autobody in 2012. The shop turns out some seriously wicked paint jobs and keeps the standard of quality at an all time high. Rowen has always loved working with cars and being around them hence why they started Coles.


He feels that cars make life a bit more pleasurable. The E30 belonged to a very good friend of his and when he brought up the topic of selling Rowen jumped at the opportunity. It still sports the original motor and original interior.

With a bit of TLC she has become a stunner. Her recent makeover was the change from black BBS RS reps to a set of eye-catching chrome BBS RS Reps. Her fitment is on point while running a static suspension set up. Rowen’s future plans with the E30 are top secret so I will leave it up to your imagination to decide what you think he will do next 😉

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