The popularity of the E21 has sky-rocketed in the past several years, but it wasn’t all too long ago that E21s were viewed in a different light. Stateside, E21 owners have been tight-knit, grouping together to form the “E21 Legion,” giving the otherwise seemingly forgotten chassis some strength in numbers. Across the pond, the situation wasn’t much different, with the E21′s younger brother, the E30, stealing the limelight, worldwide, for older 3-series fans.
It’s the weekend I count down to every summer. The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion marks the end of summer for me, and it’s the race that I look forward to the most. Sharing a spot on the calender amidst an ever-growing list of automotive events that celebrate classic automobiles across the Monterey Bay area, the Motorsport Reunion acts as a beacon for Californian enthusiasts.
It was nearly two years ago that sheer chance lead me to a secluded shop in Southern California. Behind unsuspecting doors sat an assortment of classic BMWs, unparalleled by any collection I had seen before. Dozens of cars, ranging from classic touring sedans to vintage race coupes, sat fender-to-fender, and any empty space between them was sure to be occupied by an equally impressive parts collection.
Words and Photography by SehrGute.com for StanceWorks
It was by the water cooler at work that I first heard about this particular car. The conversation went something like this:
“You like classic BMW’s, don’t you Blake?”
“Yeah, love ‘em. Why?”
“There’s a guy who runs a workshop with a really neat 2002 race car. I think it’s got a turbo Formula 2 engine in it.
Photography by D.Tek
Day by day, E30 M3 prices rise. Just a few years ago, $10,000 was a fair price to ask for a well-sorted car, and now, it’s not hard to find stripped shells selling for nearly the same. In all, the M3 is experiencing its birth as a true collector’s car. BMW enthusiasts are now scrambling to find the last remaining cars that have avoided the “collector’s tax.