And it's up for sale for $40k.
The 3 Series is one of BMW's most beloved cars, and with good reason: this executive sedan has always delivered athletic performance, comfort, and practicality at a reasonable price, and has been doing so for 45 years. In that time we've seen seven generations, with the E30 possibly being the most recognizable three-series of all time. The E30 is best known for its boxy looks and sporty nature, but they are certainly not known for packing 350 cubic-inch V8s under the hood. That's why this eBay find is so intriguing: The owner of this E30 has converted it from grocery getter to quarter-mile king, and it looks fantastic.
This 1986 E30 started out as a 325es but has now been transformed into a dedicated drag car, which is still street legal according to the current owner, who calls it a "Saturday night cruiser. " The exterior has clearly been modified to accommodate the bigger engine: the hood is a bulging piece with a corresponding intake, and the front fascia sports a tasteful lower lip kit.
Under the hood lies a 350 Chevy small block V8 mated to a Borg Warner Super T-10 4-Speed manual transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end. The engine has been modified with parts such as high-comp K Black pistons, a Holley 750 carb, and an MSD ignition system. Other under the skin additions include upgraded rear brakes, four-link adjustable suspension, Strange axles, and a refreshed steering rack amongst others. The car rolls on Super Light wheels and Mickey Thompson rear slicks.
For all the work that has gone into the engine and chassis setup, this E30 remains relatively stock on the inside. The owner notes that the original black leather interior is still intact, and mentions that a lit cigarette has never seen the inside of this car. The back of the car does without seats, and instead features a roll cage and a tubbed rear end. The current odometer reading is 2,500 miles. Whether that was measured since the engine swop is unclear.
This is a truly unique piece of machinery and should rip down the quarter-mile with convincing pace, but with an asking price of $42,800, we're pretty sure you can get something even faster.