Classic car prices are exploding… and us classic ’80s and ’90s BMW fans are watching in terror as cars that were once disposable and cheap have reached new heights in value. The icons of the era, like the E30 M3, are well more than double their cost when new, while poorly kept examples headed for the junkyard have moved from a “few hundred” dollars to a “few thousand.” As these classics age, it makes finding worthwhile examples exceedingly tough, too.
Thorough. It’s an adjective I believe most folks imagine describes their build, and in ways, it often does. From wheels, tires, suspension, and brakes, to engines, drivelines, interiors, and more, it’s not uncommon to find a car that has “checked the boxes” and seemingly leaves no bolt left unturned; more often than not, it’s how to describe the cars on this very site.
On occasion, it’s exciting to scroll through the StanceWorks archives. There’s a lot of memories buried deep in there: incredible cars, amazing trips, and phenomenal people, all immortalized through texts and photographs. Yesterday, while hunting photos down, I came across Jonathan Braswell’s ’89 535i, and fondly recalled the afternoon spent in Helen, Georgia, with him, our friends, and of course, his gorgeous car.
I’ve been on a nostalgia kick lately. Having owned a few late model BMWs in my life, I had finally come to the conclusion that I needed one that was a relative classic. I decided I would aim for the mid ’80s to early ’90s to capture the feeling of when I first became acquainted with the brand. There were a few models of that era such as E24s, E28s and E34s that were on my radar.
“Saying that this car changed my life might sound a bit cheap… but it has.” That’s how Sebastien Polit begins the story of his E34. It’s been claimed countless times in StanceWorks interviews, typically yielding stories of friendships and family, but for Sebastien, he truly means it.