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The BMW E30 3 series has become a kind of German 1950s Chevrolet in a sense. With a thriving aftermarket scene, plenty of enthusiasts have undertaken projects to reinvent this compact executive car in their own right. From M3 clones to V8 engined barnstormers, the sky is the limit. With many of the Touring models eligible for US import, this has given enthusiasts a whole new canvas with which to work, as well. It’s not too often that we see the convertible variants breathed upon, but this particular 1990 325i Convertible from our reader Chris in Northern Virginia has had an upgrade to the M50 inline-6 from the later E36 3 series, along with suspension, steering and brake upgrades to handle the increased power.

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1984 BMW 325e Extensively Modified with M50 6 Cylinder Swap

Our friends at Classic and Vintage BMW alerted me about this very impressive e30 for sale by one of their members.

1984 BMW e30 325e for sale on Classic and Vintage BMW

the description from the seller:

It’s time to sell my past project car. The car is done now and has been my daily driver ever since Jan 2010. Including a 4000km round trip down to Bimmerfest this year, it has never given me an issue.

1992 E34 M50NV Swap with 101k original KM (completed in Dec 2009)

– Seattle Circuits OBC Correction Chip
– Dinan Chip
– Mechanical fan delete with twin 12” pusher’s
– M42 Wiring harness covers
– ZF320 5 speed transmission with ~50k original km.
– New engine mounts
– New transmission mounts with AKG cups
– New shifter bushings
– New clutch
– All new vacuum and coolant hoses
– E30 iX booster with remote reservoir
– Super Sprint Replica Long headers
– Custom single 2.25” exhaust, Y pipe with O2 Bung
– Magnaflow dual Inline mufflers
– 2.93 LSD differential
– New O2 Sensor

New Zinno Paint as of Dec 2009

– Done by Trojan Collision in Nanaimo, B.C, Canada
– Full strip down including door jams, engine compartment, and trunk
– NEW OEM seals and body clips used all around on reassembly

Suspension overhaul as of Aug 2010

– Ground Control Coilovers
– Bilstien Sports
– AKG Diff bushing
– AKG trailing arm bushings
– AKG sub frame bushings
– E30tech rear toe and camber correction kit
– New control arms
– E36 steering rack
– New OEM sway bar links front and rear
– New OEM sway bar bushings front and rear
– New parking brake cables
– New parking brakes
– Full alignment professionally done

Other features of the car include..

Plastic bumper swap front and rear.
Hella Ellipsoids with HID’s, new plastic lenses
New turn single lenses
New shift boot
New parking brake boot
New shift knob
Door tweeters
Crack free dash
Late model cluster swap, with Cf backing, SS bezels, and red needles
Nearly perfect black leather heated Vert Sport Seats
CF Mtech Pedals
IS Lip
E36 TI Radio Antenna
Euro grills
OEM floor mats
Recovered Husco OEM armrest
12 button OBC
M Tech 1 Wheel
TSW Hockeinheim 16” rims with BMW logo centers

Plus much much more.. Over $23,000 in receipts


I know many of you are already thinking $12.5k is a steep asking, but this car really stands out to me. First, I’ll bet this car really does have $23k in receipts because it shows, and I’ll bet it drives equally nice. Second, I’m really happy that this car carries an appropriate look and stance that is period appropriate. Everyone has their own style, and I think this is really tasteful. Finally, you couldn’t duplicate it for any less. I think about an e30 project all the time and this one is pretty close to what I’d want.

Sorry, couldn’t help myself tonight. I like it! Thanks for the forward John,


Gorgeous M50-swapped BMW 325is for sale

There seem to be an increasing amount of E30s with later I6 swaps circulating these days. Engine swaps are quick to elicit suspicion, but it’s just about as easy to find a nice 325is with a swap as one with the original M20. Today’s takes cleanliness to a new level, most notably the Cinnabarot illustrating why these cars were so desirable brand new. A little eurotuner flair with slammed coilovers and blocky Keskin wheels, this may be the greatest 325 I’ve ever seen.

1987 BMW 325is with M50 swap for sale on eBay

From the seller:

Exterior: One professional repaint approximately 5 years ago to its original Cinnabar Red color. Repaint was done by one of the few authorized BMW certified painters in Michigan, exceptional quality, all exterior trim was replaced with new at the same time (notice in the pics the exceptional fit of the rubber bumper guards and miscellaneous trim, none of the typical warping and misalignment you typically see on these old e30s). Other exterior improvements include: DDM HID / projector headlights, shadow-line style trim blackout, rare euro grill. Also has red-out treatment to factory tail lenses (covers the factory amber portion) looks much cleaner. Vehicle has a very nice stance thanks to new JOM coilovers with approximately 2.5″ lower ride height. Sits nicely on Keskin 16×7 et20 wheels wrapped in new performance radials. Overall exterior appearance is exceptional, and turns heads everywhere it goes.

Interior: Factory black Recaro sport interior, M-tech sport wheel, high-end Alpine head unit with ipod adapter, subwoofer, and amp hookups in trunk, new Sony Xplod speakers mounted in rear package tray. Factory gauge cluster was replaced with a custom unit with aluminum rings and high-contrast needles (please note that the mileage on that is not correct, actual mileage on car is appx 157000). Overall interior condition is extremely nice.

Mechanical: Original motor professionally swapped out in favor of the desirable M50TUB25, nicely increases HP and performance all around (Output should be around 220hp now, quite an increase compared to the stock 325iS M20). While the chassis of the car has approximately 157000, the motor has around 100,000 miles. Car also has a fresh water pump, timing belt, thermostat, bavauto coil pack, performance chip, custom intake, and performance header. Also replaced the fuel regulator and filter, opted to delete power steering (still very manageable but provides a more connected feel) Car was originally an air-conditioned car, components were not reinstalled at the time of engine swap. In addition the suspension improvements, control arms were also installed.

It doesn’t hurt that the ad’s photos look alternately like a magazine spread or BMW brochure. From the recently redone exterior to the clean black leather and amazing engine bay, I’d feel dirty touching this car. Then I’d get over it and drive it like I stole it. Many of the swapped E30s I’ve seen are looking for high single-digit thousands. I’m actually surprised this is only at $7500 with less than two days left. I love it.