The BMW E30 has found its place as a hugely desirable modern classic among enthusiasts for whom the combination of a rear-wheel-drive chassis, neutral handling, and old-school Germanic engineering is irresistible.
Designed to meet the needs of rising executive for whom contemporaries such as the VW Golf were a bit too common, the two-door BMW 316i looks every inch the aspirational saloon it was.
As the base model, the four-pot engine might only produce 98bhp and 107lb/ft of torque but given it only has a little over a tonne to haul, performance is probably stronger than you are expecting; if you bank on a top speed of around 115mph and a 0-62mph time of a little over ten seconds you shouldn’t be disappointed.
Fuel injection means instant starting too, plus decent fuel economy with 30mpg being easily achievable, even in the cut ‘n’ thrust of day-to-day driving.
Easy and cheap to service and repair, the little 316i has an awful going for it – and where cars like the M3 lead, the lesser models almost always follow, so residuals should be strong.