At first glance, Thomas Nyznyk’s 2006 E46 M3 impresses mostly with its cleanliness…and its apparent originality. It looks pretty much stock: no oversized wheels fill its fenders, no giant wing adorns its trunk lid. It looks like any other eight-year-old M3 that’s been so well kept it might have rolled right out of the showroom.
Look closer, however, and it becomes clear that it’s no such thing. Its spotlessness goes much deeper than a good detailing on a lazy Saturday afternoon. This is way more than a well-maintained M car. It hints of an almost ethereal purity of mind, a perfectionism in shining metal.
Where some BMW enthusiasts express their affection for the marque by modifying their cars to their personal taste, fitting custom body parts or boosting power to the Nth degree, Nyznyk’s approach is different.“I really liked the E46 M3,” he says. “I just wanted it to be more so.”
Finding the right car,
then finding the right mods
About six years ago, the 34-year-old Nyznyk—a manager for a large Bay Area tech firm—bought this E46, his twelfth BMW. He’d been hooked as soon as he bought his first, a 1994 E34 540i modified with a Dinan chip, Brembo brakes and other assorted goodies. For the first time in his life, Nyznyk says, he was no longer just a passenger with a steering wheel. “I was a driver!”