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1989 BMW 325i

This E30 caught my eye due to its similarities to my car – Alpine White with Euroweave 15×7 inch wheels painted Nogaro Silver. As of 48 hours ago, my Euroweaves have been retired for the winter so they can be repainted in factory silver; much like black sneakers, I never liked dark footwear on a car, either, so mine will be a shade lighter come spring. This car looks very clean in the right places, with a minty engine bay, dry differential, surprisingly clean wheel wells, and a nearly unmarked “Comfort” interior. The sport buckets would have been a nice upgrade here, but I can understand holding on to the flatter-bolstered seating surfaces when they’re as clean as these appear to be. The seller’s eBay rating isn’t great, so hopefully this car really is as-presented.

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1986 BMW 325es

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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Rock You Like a Hurricane: 1995 BMW M3

If you have been on the hunt for an E36 M3, might I suggest this example? Seriously, I don’t think it gets any better than this for an M3 (other than being painted Alpine White): sub-50K miles, Sport package, Avus Blue, with the Hurricane Cloth interior. This is a rare bird, and one that makes the asking price seem downright reasonable. Cars like this E36 will absolutely crack through the price ceiling that keeps most other 3-Series at affordable, if not cheap, prices. The interior alone could command a few thousand dollars, a figure only enhanced by a car this clean and barely broken in. I would not haggle on the price – it seems well worth it already.


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Motorsports Monday: 1990 BMW 325i

I feel sometimes that the BMW E30 3 series is kind of like the Mazda Miata of the classic German car world. It’s the answer to almost every automotive question. Whether you want a modern classic to cruise in, a track day warrior or a practical commuter vehicle, there’s an E30 for everyone. This particular one came to our attention via our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan. One of their clients, Mike, has it up for sale. This is one sleeper of a 325i sedan, with an S50 3.2 liter engine under the hood. Want a dual purpose street/track day car? This would be an excellent solution.

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M Times 3: Trio of BMW E36 M3 5-speed manual coupes

It seems pretty impossible these days to find an BMW M car bargain, or at least one on which you won’t wind up spending a ton of money on repairs. The early ones, such as the E28 M5 and E24 M6 are rising in value and that’s before taking into account the stratospheric prices being asked for the original M3. Fast forward a generation on the M3 though, and you can still find a good E36 M3 for reasonable cash. Today we’ll look at three E36 M3 Coupes, all with 5-speed manual gearboxes. We’ll start with this 1997 Estoril Blue example for sale in Indiana.


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