The E30 3-series was penned by Claus Luthe in 1978, the designer of the NSU Ro 80. Externally, the E30's appearance is very similar to twin headlight versions of its E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the E30. Major changes over the E21 include interior features and revised suspension (to reduce the oversteer for which the E21 was criticised).As per the E21, a Baur convertible was available. Unlike its predecessor, the second generation 3 Series was available as a four-door saloon as well as a two-door saloon, and there was later a five-door estate model. The primary distinctive feature of the BMW E30 models produced for the North American market in 1984–1987 are the elongated front/rear aluminum bumpers. These bumpers are commonly known as "diving boards.
The first and most legendary M3 was based on the E30-the E30 is a truly wonderful car and many BMW purists consider it one of the Best BMW's ever made. These cars are really picking up steam as collector cars now as Millenials mature and start entering the Marketplace.
This car has had a lot of improvements made and would take very little effort to make it into a killer track car. It is great fun to drive and runs really really well. The upgraded suspension and drivetrain make the car a true joy to drive- this is a very well sorted car I would not hesitate to drive cross country!
Built by a BMW enthusiast this car has had the follwing modifications:
Bumper conversion from aluminum to later style small bumpers
Headlight conversion to ellipsoids
Engine swapped to a 1993 M50B2 from a 325is (engine had 121,000 miles at the time) TurnerMotorsport M50 conversion chip (needs 91 octane or better now)
Transmission swapped to a Getrag from the 1993 (transmission had about 3000 miles at the time) 2.93 rear end from a 1985 E30
New clutch with a lightened flywheel
Short shift kit Rebuilt driveshaft at 207k miles
Treehouse Racing brake booster
Stainless steel headers
E36 radiator (new in fall of 2016)
Rebuilt steering rack at approximately 195k miles
Bilstein Sport struts, H&R Sport springs, Suspension Techniques sway bars with poly bushings. TurnerMotorsport Poly rear suspension bushings including the subframe bushings
Kosei K1 wheels
As you can see this is not you typical 325 is...this car is a screamer-with roughly the same HP as an E30M3-a boy racer tuner car-ready to be taken the rest of the way and made into a very competitive track car, or just a real boatload of fun as it is on the street.