Why yes, I have spent hours each day ogling that giant gallery of BMW M3s we posted earlier this week. Don’t judge me. But it’s also got me wondering this: just how cheaply could one pick up an E30 M3 if they wanted?
Car enthusiasts live for their weekends. Cars and Coffee, drag strip runs, track days, festivals—Saturday and Sunday is when car culture comes alive. For me, this past weekend meant a visit to the BMW E30 M3 heaven that is SIGFest and some Subaru and Mitsubishi rally car hotness on the drag strip.
Simon Lord was an officer in the British Army stationed in Germany when he caught the E30 M3 bug. It was 2004, and Lord cancelled an order for a brand-new E46 M3 the moment he laid eyes on a Macau Blue first-gen M3. For Lord, that car changed everything.
If you're like me, the closest thing to a realized dream would be buying a piece of old property and uncovering some forgotten relic of automotive history. That's why this ultra-rare BMW E30 M3 Roberto Revaglia Europameister on eBay is the definition of a dream come true.
I have a dirty secret. Super cars aren't really my thing. I appreciate them and marvel at their outrageous power and digital brains, but I'm more of an analog guy myself. My theory on cars and motorcycles is if my talents can't push them to the absolute limit, then they're really not for me. That's what makes …
Finally warm enough to wash cars, an amusing picture opportunity presented itself.
Now, let me preface this by emphasizing how bad of an idea it is to ride in a car with an unpadded cage without the proper safety equipment; you could be seriously injured.
One of our members picked up the Gallardo Spyder yesterday and left his very clean, mostly stock, 80k mile E30 M3 in the garage for the weekend. I couldn't help but line our E30 up next to it and make some comparisons.
I've been driving this M3 as much as possible for roughly the last year (er as much as my bosses will let me) and I've finally collected my thoughts enough to talk some sense (and a lot of nonsense) about one of the greatest cars ever built.
But it doesn't mean shit until you've chased down a current generation M3 on track in one.
Everyone loves the E30 M3. Its boxy fender flares, manic four-cylinder engine and race-bred talents make it a blast to drive even today. But can it hold its own against an M3 from the modern era?
Even if art isn't really your thing, it's hard not to pay attention when it's splattered across a BMW 3.0 CSL or an E30 M3. We doubt this is the line of thinking that has led BMW to commission famous artists to paint some of their most well known models over the past 40 years, but it works for us.
This footage of 1988 Rally Isle of Man (formerly Manx International Rally) winner Patrick Snijers shows an unbelievable amount of driving skill. Best of all, there is no music to block out his screaming BMW E30 M3 engine.
2.3 liters, 4 cylinders, 16 valves, 4 throttle bodies, 197 HP. That's all the E30 M3 needed to become a legend. Sit back, turn your speakers up and bask in 10 minutes of light is right.
The BMW M3 is from 1986. The house? 2009. Both are clever, well-designed, focused, a perfect match across a quarter century.
Yesterday, we told you about a British man that found two delivery mileage E30 M3s and a Ford RS200 in a barn. Turns out there was a Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II in there as well.