sport The BMW E30 was produced as a small family car and came in four variations, the 2-door compact sedan, 2-door convertible, 4-door compact sedan and 5-door estate, which in South Africa all came in a rear-wheel drive format (there was also a unique all-wheel drive, 325iX which only available on Europe and America). Powering the E30 were seven variations of the BMW four-cylinder straight six engines ranging from a 1.6 to a 3.2 litre engine and a 2.4 litre diesel (which never made it to South Africa). from the past Three years after releasing the E30, BMW began production of a sport sedan version of the BMW 3-series, which was developed by their in-house motorsport division, BMW M. This magnificent coupe only came in a 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible format, powered by either a four-cylinder straight six 2.3 or 2.5 litre engine with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Take me back, back to 1982 when BMW first released the 3-series sedan and coupe (E30) designed by German car designer, Claus Luthe, a pioneer of aerodynamics and digital design within the automotive field. 34 years after the first 3-series was produced, hundreds of thousands of vehicle enthusiasts still cannot help but salivate every time an E30 drives by. 132 Unfortunately for many South African’s this vehicle never was produced for or sold in South Africa. Instead, BMW South Africa specially produced, the 325is and 325is Evolution HP, vehicles that have stood the test of time and punishment to remain as one of the best vehicles ever made and a firm favourite amongst vehicle enthusiasts. urbanlifenstyle.com 133