The E30 is another ‘80s icon, regarded as a yuppie’s plaything at the time, but now seen as the ultimate evolution of Hofmeister’s seminal designs of the ‘60s. The small saloon lent itself well to every engine installed, but the ultimate 2.5-litre straight-six offered the biggest dose of thrills. The Sport model may have worn a slightly out-of-place bodykit, lessening its Q-car appeal, but that wailing engine, controllable rear-biased handling and all-round quality made this the sports saloon to beat. Today, it’s seen as an inexpensive road to RWD fun, and shabby examples are still cheap.
Price at launch:
Independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs
Independent, semi-trailing arm, coil spring
rack and pinion