My 9th BMW hails from the Midwest

The 318iS is a pretty special model. I’m confident that they will be an excellent investment as time goes on. However, this example was rather unfortunate. An enthusiastic owner had bought the car as an ongoing project, but life got in the way. She posted the car at M42club, unfortunately to very little interest. I…

Number 8 is topless!

This was quite the winter for rescues. My buddy Dan told me about a ’92 325i Cabriolet, and I was also called upon to rescue a ’91 318iS. Let’s do the Convertible first, shall we? The ‘vert is the final version of the E30 available in the United States, produced until 1992 or so. It…

The 7th BMW…an E23

I’m not sure why it worked out like this, but after getting a 6er as my 6th BMW, I bought a 7er as my 7th BMW. This was a special car, a federalized E23 745i with full Euro trim. Cosmetic upgrades included a BBS front spoiler and the OEM BMW trunk lid spoiler. The suspension…

My 6th BMW is, appropriately, an E24

BMWs hedonistic GT had never really crossed my mind. The cars are frankly old-fashioned and not as lovable as the 3-series. I felt BMW had caved in to the American market, replacing the lovely E9 with a Bavarian Camaro. Exchange rates made it unbelievably expensive. Worst of all, the emasculated M30B32 wasn’t as fast as…

The E34 turns into an E30

If you’ve been following the narrative up to this point, you’ll know that my E34 was surplus. I wanted something smaller, I really didn’t like the driver’s seat, and my wife refused to drive it. So where do we go from here? I hate to admit it, but we considered trading it in on something…

That first E30

There’s always a first, right? My introduction to the now-legendary E30 was a service department loaner – maybe a ’91 sedan? I drove it once and I was hooked. I started hoping that the recall on Dad’s E34 would take more time. Fabulous little car, despite the automatic. It was unbelievably ‘tossable.’ Somehow, it was…

The E34 that became mine

All the previous cars were long gone by the time I could afford to indulge my hobby. However, the E12 had been sold off and replaced with one of the very first E34 I’d ever seen. It was an ’89 525i 5-speed. I was incredibly impressed with how far the E34 had advanced beyond the…