One of my beefs with car culture—parts of it, at least, not all of it—is the way it emphasizes the biggest and the best. Especially in America, where horsepower and quarter mile times are king. Everything has to be SS or M or AMG or V, top shelf, for it to be any good. This is the wrong way to think.
Perhaps it’s lack of discipline, or lack of taste, or lack of culture, or lack of understanding, or even lack of respect, but out of a field of over a hundred cars, the best damn thing about my Saturday afternoon at the fifth Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance was an E30 M3.
Admit it: you’ve done this at least once. Curiosity on Craigslist has led you to search for one of the internet’s most loved—some would say overhyped—used cars, the E30 BMW 3 Series from the 1980s and early ‘90s. And then you found a truly beautiful one. And then you saw that one letter at the end of its numerical…
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe E30 M3 needs some lovin.’ That’s because it’s had four owners and 190,000 miles in its past, and it shows it. Let’s see if this worn-in classic has a price that you could love as well.
Mmm, a manual, rear wheel drive wagon that never made it to the states? Perfect.
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?
After more delays than the Elio Three Wheeler and the mid-engine Corvette put together, singer and obsessive car nerd Frank Ocean is finally—finally!—back with some new music. Endless dropped Thursday night, and it’s a “visual album” released through Apple Music. Fine, whatever. But the first song I’ve heard is solid,…
Summer is coming, and although today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW convertible needs a new steering rack, you’ll have plenty of time to replace it before it’s sun’s-out, buns-out time. Let’s see if its price means it’s the real daylight savings time.
It’s summer somewhere.
My first reaction upon experiencing a full throttle pull from the passenger seat was to mutter, “fucking hell…”, and then burst out laughing.
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.
The BMW E30 M3 is spoken about in hushed (and not so hushed if you’re around Bill Caswell) tones throughout the automotive landscape. But why is it so revered? We decided to find out.
The M3 convertible is sort of an odd-duck; people either love them or hate them. You either revel in their open-top goodness or rail against the excess weight and reduced stability. For those of you in the first camp, now is your chance to get an original E30 M3 and an E93 M3 in one shot.
This weekend, I was racing a Spec E30 at Lime Rock park in a two-day, 10 hour endurance race. It may have taken me an hour, but I was able to find the wall. Here's how it happened.
… at least, I hope it is. Say what you will about the stance – these are awesome cars. Overrated? Perhaps. Too low for a daily driver? Depends on your tolerance for scrapes and sparks. Gorgeous? YES.
When it was new, the BMW E30 3-Series was the whip of choice for yuppie-types everywhere. These days it has a different demographic: track day dudes and enthusiasts looking for a cheap, fun, easily-fixable and practical rear-drive performance car. Regular Car Reviews ponders if the E30 deserves its good reputation.
The first thing you learn is that the nerves before getting back into a race car for the first time in a while are nearly enough to make you taste your breakfast twice. The second taste will be far less delicious.
The E30 M3 is the lowliest performing model in all of M3 history, that is a fact. So why do we love them so? Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe '88 looks pretty lovable - despite not getting any recent action - but will you love its price?