4.0-litre V8 M60B40 engined BMW E30 Coupe

4.0-litre V8 M60B40 engined BMW E30 Coupe

With its oh-so subtly enhanced styling and a thumping great V8 under the bonnet, classic 3 Series motoring doesn’t get much better than this awesome E30. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Sebastian Obara.

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Epic Restoration 1990 BMW 325i Sport Coupe E30

Epic Restoration 1990 BMW 325i Sport Coupe E30

‘The advice was blunt – start again and get another car’ Epic Restoration How a £3250, 133k-mile BMW E30 325i Sport is now as good as new after a runaway £50k rebuild. It may be a 325i Sport rather than the usual M3 but that didn’t divert a determined owner from his mission to return this E30 to showroom condition. Words Russ Smith. Photography Stuart Collins.

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6.0-litre V8 LS3 GM-engined 500bhp wide-body BMW E30 Coupe

6.0-litre V8 LS3 GM-engined 500bhp wide-body BMW E30 Coupe

The best E30 ever built? We think so, but do you? Make your mind up here… BMW E30 This balls-to-the-wall E30 is a psychedelic freak-out of cinematic proportions. And you can stop rubbing your eyes – this is no CGI dream, this badass BMW actually exists… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photography: Larry Chen.

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Superb tuned 1989 BMW 328i Coupe Automatic E30 M52-engined

Superb tuned 1989 BMW 328i Coupe Automatic E30 M52-engined

Express Yourself 2.8 M52-swapped E30 ‘Don’t go for second best, baby.’ That’s what Madonna told us back in 1989 – and thanks to a smart M52 swap and some clever personal touches, she might as well have been singing about this very car… Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Adam Rous.

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Turbo M50-engined 724bhp BMW E30 Coupe

Turbo M50-engined 724bhp BMW E30 Coupe

With outrageous custom bodywork and a massively modded turbo M50 under the bonnet, this extreme E30 is as wild as they come. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Jape Tiitinen.

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941whp Turbo S50-engined BMW E30 Coupe

941whp Turbo S50-engined BMW E30 Coupe

Rolling Thunder Henrik Nygren’s insane, turbo S50-powered E30 makes an astonishing 941whp and it’s just an unstoppable force of sheer automotive fury. Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Patrik Karlsson.

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Stunning Air Lift Performance 3H air-ride setup BMW M3 E30 Custom-styled legend

Stunning Air Lift Performance 3H air-ride setup BMW M3 E30 Custom-styled legend

Untouchable. Gorgeous air-ride E30 M3. Some people say the E30 M3 is a car that shouldn’t be modified. Thank goodness the guys at Car Audio Security weren’t listening… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Si Gray.

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S50-swapped rebuilt with CP-Carrillo forged pistons BMW E30 Coupe

S50-swapped rebuilt with CP-Carrillo forged pistons BMW E30 Coupe

Sublime S50 E30 Coupe. This stunning, S50-swapped E30 delivers the perfect blend of classic style, OEM+ individuality and outright performance, making it a retro package to die for. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Courtney Cutchen.

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940whp M50B25 turbo drift BMW E30 Coupe

940whp M50B25 turbo drift BMW E30 Coupe

940whp turbo E30 the Mighty Boost. It’s still easy enough to knock up a tramp-drift BMW on a slim budget, relatively speaking. But that’s a world away from what’s happened here: Jim Olofsson’s E30 is precision-engineered, impeccably finished, and powerful enough to make a Bugatti blush… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Patrik Karlsson.

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S54-swapped track beast BMW E30 Coupe

S54-swapped track  beast BMW E30 Coupe

S54 E30 track beast Ferocious 3 Series. Tracking Device S54-swapped track E30. Dani Simmons’ E30 318iS has come a long way from the slightly frilly daily-driver he bought when he was 18. Years down the line, it’s now a track-focused superstar with E46 M3 power and pure race car DNA… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Ade Brannan.

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495hp turbo S14-engined BMW M3 E30

495hp turbo S14-engined BMW M3 E30

495HP TURBO M3 Hardcore 2.5 S14-powered E30 Most people would have reservations about taking a genuine E30 M3 and radically altering it. But Joep Raijmakers isn’t most people… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Ron Veth.

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Nissan SR20DET-swapped drift BMW E30 Coupe

Nissan SR20DET-swapped drift BMW E30 Coupe

When Driftland opened up on his doorstep, David Stewart shifted allegiances from the Blue Oval to this Estoril blue E30. And since he’s not your traditional BMW fan, he’s got no qualms about intercontinental engine swaps… Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Ade Brannan.

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BMW 316 E30 transformed into fully-custom M20-powered Alpina B6

BMW 316 E30 transformed into fully-custom M20-powered Alpina B6

Full-body workout. Humble BMW 316 E30 transformed into fully-custom, carb’d M20-powered Alpina B6 tribute. The Works Spectacular, fully-custom E30. What started out life as a shabby 316 has now been transformed into a completely custom Alpina B6 homage with a motorsport twist, powered by an M20 on carbs, and it’s utterly spectacular. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Lee Cant.

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Sonny & Share Father and son built BMW 325iS E30

Sonny & Share Father and son built BMW 325iS E30

Sonny & Share Father - and son-built E30 325is. Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Dennis Podmarkov and Igor Polishchuk There’s a lot of love tied up in this Space grey E30. It’s flawlessly finished and features astounding attention to detail, and it’s all thanks to an unbreakable father-son bond…

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Purple Reign fully-custom BMW E30 Coupe M52-engined

Purple Reign fully-custom BMW E30 Coupe M52-engined

Finished in gorgeous metallic purple with a caramel leather interior and 2.8 M52-swap under the bonnet, E30s don’t get much better than this. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Archie GreyWave.

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