I then documented the restoration process here, here and here, which unfortunately was cut short due to my relocating to Toronto. But nonetheless, in one month's time from time of purchase to time of sale, I managed to give the old girl a paint and bodywork refresher in unison with a good interior scrub. I then sold it to my neighbour who had watched me put countless evenings of manual labour in it. Sure I made a bit of a profit, but my neighbour basically got my manual labour for pennies on the dollar. Smart man.
Fast forward to August of 2013 when I began looking for another project. From way out of my price range Porsche 911 SC's to crummy 60's mustangs, I considered all corners of the enthusiast spectrum. But as my search evolved, I had suddenly developed an urge to take my next project racing. And I'm talking $500 at most Craigslist-find Chump car racing for which the only requirement is that it's got 4 wheels on the bottom and a roof on top. Actually, I've seen convertible Chump racers, so not necessarily the Formula 1 of the West Coast.
|ChumpCar can get a little out of hand sometimes - like this creative Miata E30 combo.|
|SpecE30 is a step up from ChumpCar.|
Now I'll have you know that here in Vancouver, BC there are more BMW E30 'Wanted' ads than there are 'For Sale' ads. This means that for every E30 listings that pops up, there'll be 9 buyers lined up on the un-expecting seller's yard come Saturday morning. Each one of them hoping that an old lady will open the door looking to sell her noisy old BMW 3-Series something or other for pennies. Since going to these boxing matches is a waste of time, I've resorted to the following two strategies. 1) Look for mis-catagorized for sale ads, and 2) never stop placing friendly notes on local E30's windshields. The latter hasn't yet paid off, but the former sure has. After going for a very positive test drive that ticked all the right boxes, I can now call myself the (near) owner of a 1987 E30 325is with a 5-speed and more racing pedigree than you can wave a stick at. At it's time, it was the forerunner of the mighty, legendary, cult-status E30 M3, a car that'll cost your $30,000+ to park in your garage. The bonus of course is that the 325is has that lovely in-line 6 that the E30 misses. Sure it doesn't rev as lively but it sure drives a lot smoother.
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- Assemble two or three friends to begin thinking out the budget and logistics for a racing team
- Inspect and upgrade the car's vitals including diff and tranny fluids
- Pray for no undiscovered rust or fuel/water pump issues
- Re-install and clean up (sand and paint) the M tech bodykit, especially the front 'is' bumper
- Look for Bride or Recaro racing seats to replace the very aged current stock Recaros
- Consider my options regarding short shifters and OEM BMW shifters
- Grab some quotes on roll cages, suspension, and fuel cells
- Get my racing license through SCCA, HPDE, or a competition school
|Aged to perfection.|