Stunning Platanengrün metallic 1984 BMW 320i Coupe E30 on Air Lift Performance air-ride

Stunning Platanengrün metallic 1984 BMW 320i Coupe E30 on Air Lift Performance air-ride

Gorgeous E30 320i on air. With its obscure paint option, super-slick bay and race car interior, this bagged E30 is a riot of detail; what’s more, it’s an exercise in taking the path less travelled and making some truly unexpected choices… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Ronald Veth.

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1988 BMW 325i Sport Coupe Automatic E30

1988 BMW 325i Sport Coupe Automatic E30

Antiques Roadshow Tahmid Haque’s E30 325i Sport may be a pristine and as-new example of the later M Tech 2 cars, but its museum-quality condition doesn’t mean he’s afraid to use it. In fact, he’s crisscrossed the country taking it to as many meets, shows and enthusiast get-togethers as possible… Words: Dan Bevis. Photography: Jason Dodd.

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Me and my car - Pete Griffiths - 1988 BMW 325i Touring E30

Me and my car - Pete Griffiths - 1988 BMW 325i Touring E30

Estate of the union - this 1988 BMW 325i Touring E30 is far more than a car to Pete Griffiths. As Dan Bevis explains, it’s a companion that’s been with him through thick and thin; a union of souls in sparkling Malachite Green.

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Road-legal Group A 2.3-litre S14B23-engined BMW M3 E30 recreation

Road-legal Group A 2.3-litre S14B23-engined BMW M3 E30 recreation

If you went to all the trouble of building a Group A E30 M3 recreation it’d be no surprise if you then decided it was too good just to use on the track, which is why this incredible Warsteiner-liveried beast is not only fully prepped for racing but also fully road legal. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Lewis Bennett.

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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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1988 BMW E30 Alpina C2 2.7

1988 BMW E30 Alpina C2 2.7

Keeping it in the family. The story of an Alpina C2 that returned home for a meticulous restoration. Restored by the same team that built it in period, this fabulous Alpina C2 2.7 has made the transition from unloved garage find to family heirloom. Words Greg Macleman. Photography John Bradshaw.

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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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1991 BMW 325i Sport E30

1991 BMW 325i Sport E30

Is this 6000-mile E30 the UK's best surviving example? With just 6800-miles on its clock, could this immaculate 1991 BMW 325i Sport E30 be the fi nest surviving example on UK roads? Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: Rich Pearce.

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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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250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

Epic BMW M3 E30 – full-on hardcore club-sport build. Built to club sport-spec and designed to be driven hard and fast on both road and track, this awesome E30 M3 has tapped into its racing roots and It’s a serious driving machine. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Daniel Bridle.

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Simply superb BMW M3 E30

Simply superb BMW M3 E30

The time machine Stunning E30 M3. Having spent 10 years hunting for the perfect E30 M3 and then another seven modding the one he bought, a lot of Raymond Khublal’s life has revolved around the iconic classic but, as the stunning end product proves, it was time incredibly well spent. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Jonathan DeHate.

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M52-swapped stunning custom BMW 328i Cabrio E30

M52-swapped stunning custom BMW 328i Cabrio E30

Sublime 2.8 M52 E20 Cab. With an M52 swap, stunning custom interior and plenty of unique touches, in a scene packed with modded E30s this head-turning cab really stands out. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.

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Rocket Bunny M50B25-swap BMW E30 Touring gets the Pandem treatment

Rocket Bunny M50B25-swap BMW E30 Touring gets the Pandem treatment

Rocket Bunny BMW E30 Touring gets the Pandem treatment. BMW E30 Touring The 3 Series Touring is a sensible, family car… But not this one. This one has Pandem arches, air-ride and a whacking great spoiler on the back. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photography: Ronald Veth.

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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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Quick guide to BMW M3 E30

Quick guide to BMW M3 E30

We cram all of the most important facts about the mighty E30 M3 into a guide you can read in the time it takes to make and drink a cup of tea (or coffee)! Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Tony Lopez.

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Twin-turbo S55-swapped BMW M3 E30

Twin-turbo S55-swapped BMW M3 E30

Heart and soul S55-swapped E30 M3. Every now and again the BMW scene blows us away with something truly special and this extraordinary, S55-swapped E30 M3 – and the incredible story behind it – has done just that. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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M20 2.7-swapped BMW E30 Baur

M20 2.7-swapped BMW E30 Baur

2.7-Swapped E30 Baur Restored and modded rarity. An unconventional beauty for sure, the E30 Baur is a rare beast and this perfectly presented example is a rare treat in so many ways Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.

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Market watch motorsport-derived BMW M3 E30

Market watch motorsport-derived BMW M3 E30

Market watch The motorsport-derived E30 M3 is now one of the most sought-after classic BMWs, with a price tag to match, as Guy Baker explains.

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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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Me and my car - Nick Sahota's orange BMW M3 E30

Me and my car - Nick Sahota's orange BMW M3 E30

Me and my car We meet Nick Sahota, to explore his amazing BMW collection, and one of the most controversial models in it.

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Wide-body BMW 325i Coupe E30 M20 2.5-litre engined with induction kit

Wide-body BMW 325i Coupe E30 M20 2.5-litre engined with induction kit

Wild, wide-body BMW E30… Wide-body E30s might not be for everyone but imagine owning a car like this at just 20 years old – the age of its actual owner – and you’ll suddenly be able to appreciate it in all its outrageous glory a whole lot better. Words: Elizabeth de Latour… Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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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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If you think BMW racing is dear, Tiff reckons you're wrong, as he recalls a lot of cheap fun in an BMW 320i E30

If you think BMW racing is dear, Tiff reckons you're wrong, as he recalls a lot of cheap fun in an BMW 320i E30

If you think BMW racing is dear, Tiff reckons you're wrong, as he recalls a lot of cheap fun in an E30 320i.

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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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240whp S14-engined 2.5-litre BMW M3 E30

240whp S14-engined 2.5-litre BMW M3 E30

BMW E30 M3 Perfection Stunning, flawlessly modded 2.5 beauty. Built over 17 years, combining OE elements with aftermarket additions and topped off with a 2.5 S14 under the bonnet, this E30 M3 is really something special. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Tony Lopez.

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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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490hp supercharged V8 M62B44 BMW E30 Touring

490hp supercharged V8 M62B44 BMW E30 Touring

490HP V8 E30 Supercharged sleeper. Completely standard on the outside and with nothing to give the game away, this supercharged V8-powered E30 Touring just might be the ultimate sleeper. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Matt Richardson.

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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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