The US-market never received the touring (wagon) version of the E30 3-series. But these cars are now old enough to import under the 25 year rule, which means you can find aÂ steady trickle of these popping up on eBay for sale over here, and various accounts of enthusiasts’ attempts to bring them over. And no wonder: the E30 estate isÂ a handsome and utilitarian looking car, practical and quite stylish.
TheÂ E30 was offered in Europe with a wider rangeÂ ofÂ engines than we received here, so there a variety of different longroof options to choose from.Â There were two four cylinder models (aÂ 1.6 liter andÂ a 1.8 liter), twoÂ six cylinder models (a 2.0 liter and 2.5 liter, with the latter also beingÂ available in “iX,” all wheel drive spec), and a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated diesel inline six. This particular car is a 316i, the entry level model. While the car isÂ currently located in Germany, it’s being advertised on US eBay to temptÂ American E30 fans with a taste for forbidden fruit.