BMW E30 M3
The E30 shape of BMW is one that I have always thought looked cool. I think it’s the square, boxy designs typical of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
I particularly like the coupe 3-door shape rather than the saloon, and if it had the 2.5 litre ‘325’ engine with M-tech styling park too… well I might just go a bit giddy.
It seems that most of the population share this recent assault of love for this rear-wheel drive German. The popularity of these has exploded in recent years. Values have gone up as available numbers have dwindled owing to being crashed, rotting into the nearest scrappage scheme graveyard or simply been stored away in garages across the land. Classic car bubble or no bubble, with this particular era of BM, I just don’t think it’s one that going to burst anytime soon. And that’s not just because I have one. (Not an M-car, I’m afraid…)
I bought myself a 1988 320i convertible just a number of months ago. It’s the red one you see above and below if you’re screaming WE NEED PICS, which to be honest, you probably aren’t.
Firstly, to be used for my honeymoon in Cornwall and secondly, once a few minor niggles have been sorted, to be used in my new wedding hire business venture. I’m certainly not ready to give it up just yet as in just a few short months and only driving it a handful of times, it has awoken me to just how good these cars of this era actually are. When these launched, I can only imagine what people must have thought of its owners , awash in a sea of Cavaliers, Sierras and other bland saloons that your parents most likely had… Flash gits, probably.
The engine is ridiculously smooth and delivers its power to its perfectly balanced chassis in such a purposeful way. It’s a car with sublime handling and, with the roof down on a summers day, makes me smile throughout. Until it rains, anyway, then I start to think about the back end sliding out from behind me buy hey, it’s a RWD BMW – what do you expect!?
My top spot this week is this fabulous 1989 M3. (Not mine may I add).
I’ve been asked to keep the location of the car secret but it’s in central London and very much exposed to the elements. i.e, it’s kept outside. It’s not been taxed since 2006 it’s got just 76k on the clock, living out on the street, exposed to grime, rain, snow, hail, falling birds, dust clouds from the Sahara or whatever else is falling over the capital.
I enquired with the guard who controls the access to this private London road (yes – one of those) and who knows the car and its owner. After swapping phone numbers I did find out that he will sell. £30k and it’s mine. Well yours, as I can’t justify that outlay at the moment.
It will take a braver man than I to take on this project (and one with deeper pockets) but I feel for someone – it’s a no-brainer.
Get it bought, and you’re holding on to a truly collectable modern classic. As a financial or an emotional investment you’re absolutely going to be rewarded. At least – I can only assume; as I’ve never driven one and likely won’t be buying one at their current price!
Until next time
Edford Classic Cars