I’ve written up some cool M1s, but this one may take the cake even from the Procar-widebodies if for no other reason than this is the M1 you see in the history books. Orange on black with that badass cloth/leather interior is what the E26 is all about. Add to that the fact that it’s from the badass Canepa Collection and has just 3,300 miles, and this is a frickin’ museum piece. Or it could be… I’m a much bigger fan of cars that are used. I’d construct one of those viewing rooms which the internet has seen made for E30 M3s and Ferraris; I’d soak in the glorious orange like it was a Seasonal Affective Disorder light and bust this thing out a few times a year for some fun.
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I don’t think it gets any better than white on red. Sure, I’m partial to Alpine White with black interiors, but if I had a choice in the matter, both of my cars would be draped in cardinal hides. There’s a lot I like about this E30 M3, particularly the price which is more than fair in this era of rising values. There’s no mileage (that I can see) listed, but the condition seems to validate a car with average miles and fastidious upkeep. The leather looks great, the body unmarked, the dash uncracked and the one-piece shifter boot intact. Though I will say, the harnesses and “suspension upgrades” make me wonder how much of this car’s life was spent on a track – not that there’s anything wrong with that.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M3 on Hemmings Classifieds
This is a difficult weak for me to say nice things about either of my BMWs. The pin that holds the gear shift linkage let go on the M3, requiring a tow to a local shop. Then, upon using the E30 as backup, the alternator bearings began doing not-good things and within the course of 12 hours, both cars were deposited at the mechanic’s abode. Not earth-shattering repairs mind you, but not anticipated, either. Regardless, upon looking at the big picture and realizing I get to drive an M3 every day for not much more than the cost of fuel and reasonable insurance, I can’t complain when the occasional repair comes calling. That’s why I like this M3 sedan an awful lot, especially for commuters or couples with 1.5 kids in tow. Why the hell would you not jump at the chance to have a daily driver like this?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 on eBay
I share a parking lot with a BMW CCA driving instructor, an individual who regularly participates in track days. Every time he sees my ’95 M3, I get another persuasive lecture on how I should be getting the proper training and having the car set up for high-performance driving events. Although I like mine in its current stock daily driver configuration, the sheer number of track-prepped E36 M3s that appear with regular frequency on eBay and other sites indicate that my driving instructor buddy isn’t the only one that recoils at the site of an under-utilized M3. Of course, when I see a number like “…over $40K in upgrades…”, I realize there’s more than one reason why a track-prepped E36 is nothing I will own anytime soon.