This isn’t the first time I’ve written up sacrilegiously swapped cars, so it’s probably no surprise to see two Japanese-powered BMWs pop up. And in each of their own ways, neither is on the surface, at least, a car we’d typically cover. But before you judge a book by its cover, are either of these cars executed well enough to be a neat package?
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Need a little bit more space than the 2002 BMW M Roadster we featured yesterday but still lust after some al fresco ///M Motoring? Here’s a good compromise, then. While the M3 Convertible was nothing new when the E36 debuted, the US market was never privy to the E30 M3 Convertible. With the 1998 model year, sun worshippers got their wish with this car we see here for sale in North Carolina. Hardcore enthusiasts tend to take these open-roofed M3s a bit less seriously than their coupe and sedan counterparts, given their added weight and decreased rigidity. At least this car is equipped with the 5-speed manual which will help you make the most of this package.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay
The Great Schism was a time of religious crisis for Europe; between 1378 and 1417, there were two Popes. In the early 1300s, a French-born Pope moved the head of the church from Rome to Avignon in France. This was significant for many reasons; Rome had been the spiritual home of the aptly named Roman Catholic Church since the establishment of the 5 main churches by the first Council of Nicea under Roman Emperor Constantine; the first Christian Roman Emperor and the one mostly responsible for converting Europe to Christianity. There are many more stories wrapped up in the ensuing 1,000 years of religious history, but ultimately let’s just say it was a pretty big deal to move the Chair of St. Peter. Ultimately this period, sometimes known as the period of Babylonian Captivity (itself a reference to the actual Babylonians capturing and enslaving the Jewish population about 500 years before Christ was born, if you’re into that sort of thing), resulted in a poor reputation for the Papacy and the Church, as corruption ran rampant through the higher positions in religion. So, in an attempt to correct things, in 1378 the new Pope tried to undo this by returning to Rome. This, of course, pissed the French off. So, they simply claimed they had their own Pope. And since this was during the Hundred Years War, this ultimately split Europe into religious waring factions, each aligned with a different Pope. Not to be outdone, the trading city of Pisa (yes, that leaning tower one…) also briefly claimed they also had their own Pope. Though it ultimately was resolved in 1417 by Church-wide decree that the true Pope was indeed back in Rome, it was the beginning of the end of the omnipotence of the Catholic Church in Christianity, which 100 years later would experience the Protestant Reformation, completing the religious divide of Europe.
Where am I going with this? I think the same divide exists between automobile enthusiasts; two camps, both of whom see their way of expressing enthusiasm as the right way. And, in general, at least one camp doesn’t like how the other camp does things. Ten years ago no one would probably have blinked an eye at someone modifying an E30 M3; however, ten years ago E30 M3s were still effectively throw-away performance economy cars to most people. So that someone hacked one up and threw a Dinan-stroked 5.7 liter V10 and 6-speed into one wouldn’t have raised eyebrows until they were the darling in the marketplace:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW M3 on eBay
It’s hard for me to believe that the M3 name is no longer in use for the two-door version of BMW’s famed sport sedan. Almost three full decades of building up a name just to relegate it to use on a version that didn’t exist at the outset (the sedan) seems a bit short sighted. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some point in the near future we see another two-door M3, but until then, we have the classics to look back on. This M3 for sale in North Carolina is not a low-mileage garage queen, but a higher mileage, one-owner example that has undergone a good amount of work to appear as good as it does in the pictures provided. On an unmolested M3 with patina like this, Alpine White never looked so good.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M3 on eBay
While the first generation BMW M3 kept a lot of its DTM racing roots in tact, the second generation E36 M3 moved the chains a bit. More power was dialed in but a bit more softness was added to the equation. Gone was the high strung, race derived 2.3 liter four-cylinder powerplant in favor of a six-cylinder engine that was related more closely to its lesser siblings than any other M engine had been before. Still, 240 horsepower was nothing to sneeze at in the mid 1990s. This 1995 M3 for sale in Connecticut represents the first year of US sales for this sports car icon. Its odometer reads less than 50,000 miles and it has the super desirable M Cloth interior.