The 325ES is my car’s efficiency-minded twin, with a few differences between the two. The one that always stands out to me is the front air dam: the IS valence has two additional slots for guiding air to the oil cooler that the ES front-end did not. The air dams are such a huge pain in the ass to mount securely to the car that I’m amazed BMW at the time not only sought to distinguish the cars via air slots but also manufactured two versions of essentially the same front wing. The 80s, they were crazy! Anyways, what’s not crazy is the price for such a clean, low-mileage E30 with minimal distortion from its original stock configuration. This is another car that, like yesterday’s Avus Blue M3, will look like a steal in short order at this price.
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Do you get jealous of the brightly-colored Land Rover Defenders romping around the streets, looking all tough? Well, today we have a Geländewagen that looks ready for safari, enough so that it will probably be regularly mistaken for its British counterpart. With just 40k miles and a great diesel/manual combo, it’s a very nice off-road package. Bidding is hot on the no-reserve auction for this orange beast that will never be taken for a road-going G55 or G63.
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It broke my heart a little bit to see what this seller had to say about the number of 300Es produced with the 5-speed manual: less than 400. I know of one that recently arrived at a local salvage yard, and the overall condition indicates it was once someone’s pride and joy: original books and manuals, original bill of sale, nice paint, and so on. And if there were originally less than 400, I can’t imagine how low that number is now. I know the Mercedes manuals aren’t so great, but I still love watching the video of this ’86 for sale in West Virginia and hearing that inline-six wind out. These are great, durable cars, and at this price, an absolute steal.