The E30 generation of the BMW 3-Series is one of these models that have their own cult following and with good reason.
“The 1991 Coupe is the last Coupe they made in the E30”, says Delia Wolfe in the latest Petrolicious film. “The 318IS is the ‘baby’ M3; it doesn’t put out as much horsepower or torque, but it was the spiritual successor, if you will, to the 2002.”
The honest mechanical nature of the E30 combined with the beautiful handling character and serious durability is what makes this model so special for fans around the world. It’s a brilliant recipe that helped into making BMW the company it is today.
“People found that you could modify them with very little money, and that the cars were durable, and that there are all kinds of places to exercise your passion,” says Delia. “There’s lowered and ‘stanced’ E30s, then you’ve got E30 spec racing, there’s a rally series, people run drift cars—every facet of racing seems to have a place for the E30.”