We recently showed you a video from The Drive’s show “After
Drive”, where host Mike Spinelli introduced us to a
BMW E30 325is project car. This 325is was bought for only
$2,000 and was in poor condition at best, but it was rust free
and ran and that’s really all they wanted. So now they’re
setting out to turn the E30 325is into both a RallyCross and
Chumpcar racer, something that’s actually quite difficult.
But we explain all of that in the previous article and The
Drive gives you all the detail you need in the previous video.
This new video shows off the actual car, something we didn’t
get to see much of last time around. When Ryan, the guy
building the car, finally got it back and started working on
it, he realized it’s not in as bad of shape as he originally
In fact, the body and frame seem to be in good shape and the
strut towers are free of rust and aren’t damaged. That last bit
is important for RallyCross, where they will take quite a bit
of a beating, so reinforcement is always necessary but
difficult if there’s prior damage.
The inside was gutted and cleaned before being torn apart for a
roll cage. In this second video, we get to see its cabin before
the cage was installed, while in the second video, the cage is
already in. The interior actually didn’t seem like it was in
that bad of shape, apart from just being gross.
But, most importantly, the little motor ran. That 2.5 liter I6
purred along and actually sounded to fire evenly, without
misfire or knock. The gearbox also seemed to be fine and in
working order. Being a
325is, a stock limited-slip differential helps it slide
around and be a genuinely smile-machine. All of the mechanicals
seem to work fine as both Ryan and Spinelli throw it around on
the track at Englishtown, NJ. It looks like heaps of fun.
The suspension was shot, though, as it was on cut springs so
low that suspension travel was nearly nonexistent. This made
handling the track actually quite difficult and extremely
uncomfortable. Oh, and they went through many tires.
That’s where they leave it, though, and we’ll see more updates
in the next video. I’ll try to not scour craiglist for old E30s
now but I can’t make any promises.