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Now You Want A BMW E30 Again

It had been a good few months. You hadn’t been on Facebook Marketplace at all. You hadn’t looked up any old brochures. Then this BMW rally car showed up, flying sideways and skipping across the ground like a stone and, dammit, you want an E30 again.


This is from the Eifel Rallye Festival, which is a high-speed parade of the greatest cars from Group B rally, Pikes Peak when it still had dirt, and all sorts of other amazing, top-rung vehicles of rally history.


If you went, as I did, you went to see Audi Quattros and Peugeot 205 T16s and Metro 6R4s, or Alpines and Porsches and Celicas if you were into the older stuff.

But for some reason it’s Marcel Baldauf and Walter Münch in their black and red E30 that stand out. Skip ahead to 0:49 in the following video to see what I mean:

It’s a car anyone could put together, a very straightforward two-door BMW, the kind of which is still easy to find and buy and build just about anywhere in the country. And look at how it’s driven.

Ugh. I was just done convincing myself that I didn’t need one of these things.

(Hat tip to Dan!)

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Gaseous Clay

I dunno man. This one is extremely well driven, but, I’m not feeling it. I’m not trying to be dismissive of the E30's legacy, but it’s not as cool to me as the 2002, and doesn’t appeal to me as much as the E36 does. I will also never own any E30 so long as Mercedes 190Es are still extant

But I don’t want to leave a post with nothing but negative things. So, if you, like me, aren’t into E30s, here’s a BMW you might like more