The musical mashup has gained massive popularity in the past decade, for better or worse, though it’s been thriving in the automotive world for over a century. Â And while hyperactive fit-everything-you-can mashup artists like Girl Talk cover an impressive array of artists and sounds, I’m a bigger fan of mashups that exercise a degree of control or at least a theme, like Wu-Tang Clan vs. The Beatles, with entire albums based on a single theme of using similar parts to make better even better music. Â Today’s unique German auto is definitely a mashup, but follows the well-chosen Bavarian theme to excellent effect. Â Like mashing up the Beatles, it helps to start from an extremely solid starting point, in this case the non-U.S. E30 Touring, in my eyes second only to the M3 as the best looking E30. Â From there, the seller started layering solid additions, ending up with something totally new and unique out of found parts.
The seller’s awesomeness in creating this machine is countered by his Â meager photos and description, but it’s enough to whet the appetite:
euro s50b30, zf trans, 3.25 lsd w/finned diff cover, e36m3 front 5 lug, m roadster rear. TC Kline coilovers, Koni double adjustable shocks. IE camber plates, THR lollipops. Smoked hella euro smileys. “is” front lip. M tech II steering wheel. Staggered m contour wheels with goodyear eagle f1 235/40/17’s all around with under 1k miles. sterling silver exterior with grey sport cloth interior, heated front seats (though both seat bottoms have rips). Scytek 2 way alarm. Titled and registered in new york state.
Obviously a lot of investigation must be done to determine if this is worth the money, but it’s certainly an exciting mix of well-chosen parts grafted into an awesome and rare 80s wagon. Â I love the styling choices and the mechanical mods make this sound like a very fun machine. Â As a fan of unique and odd mixes, this E30 is an awesome example of mashing together parts, creating a whole great than their sum.
This beautiful, rare, find comes from reader Peter.
Euro sport wagons have a cult following. The top of the line performance models, Audi RS, Benz AMG, and BMW M wagons, are scarcely available at bargain prices. This is in part because they are made in such small numbers, but also because they take the idea of the Q ship one step further, by hiding the wolf in a sheep’s clothing of a station wagon. People love these, practical, easier to convince a significant other that they are a good purchase, but loaded with all the horsepower and road handling of their standard brethren.
The Euro only M5 Touring Wagon model would be fantastic had been bone stock, but it even includes some more impressive additions.
This is one of only four built in the splendid Orinoco Green Metallic paint. It also has the two tone interior.
What sets this car even further out from the crowd is the Albrex supercharger attached to the 3.8 liter six. The car has been tuned by Diebold and dynoed at 440 horsepower at the fly wheel.
The 18″ M-parallels look good with the classic lines. The manual will certainly provide for plenty of entertainment and keep the boost up.
Parts listed by the seller:
Double sunroof (front and rear)
BMW Traffic Pro (Becker) GPS, upgraded with full Infinity speakers throughout and sub.
Nuerburgring package, with dual mode adaptive suspension, massive 345mm two piece aluminum hat rotors
Euro “smiley” headlights retained with “city lights” and upgraded with 50w HID.
Aero roof rack
Kmac camber plates
rear window retractable side shades
UUC short shifter
New Michelin PS2s (less than 1000 miles)
New Sachs sintered clutch
New Boge OE Nuerburgring adaptive struts
Brand new aluminum radiator with electric fans
Brand new water pump
New HR springs
Brand new Nuerburgring front brake rotors
Such a great car, I think it would fit just fine in my garage. $23,900 buy-it-now with 73,993 miles. Seems fair priced to me for a rare vehicle catering to a niche market.
For a number of years, I’ve remarked to my wife that I wished the e30 wagon had made it to the U.S. It would be the perfect dog car for us! Well here’s one for sale on eBayMotors from Calgary, and the seller notes he can assist U.S. buyers with a title…
1991 BMW 325iT Wagon on eBayMotors:
quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:
Equipped with A/C, Power Windows & Locks, Power Sun Roof, 4 Speed Automatic Transmission, ABS. etc. Fun to drive with great utility. When was the last time you saw another?
This car has had some high quality paint work but has no accident history. At that time it seems they painted the body side mouldings, the bumper strips, rear spoiler, front air dam, side view mirrors and the side skirting. Combined with the 15â€ ABT alloy wheels, I think the car has a great stance and looks longer and lower than it actually is..
Mechanical Inspections welcomed, all repair orders are available for viewing. Bid with confidence, I am Mike Bennett a Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council Licensee.
Fly in and drive home. Or I can assist with shipping at a reduced rate at your expense.
For US purchasers, I can assist you in obtaining a US title. Please call on 403.815.1173 or email me for details.
I have some concerns about importing this car, but really my bigger concern is that the seller thinks it might be worth $9k with the buy-it-now listed. I know it’s rare in these parts, but that’s silly!