1998 BMW 318ti
Where the E30 changed my mind on the BMW brand, the compact E36 has helped me understand why people have a life long passion for the brand. Originally I was motivated to pick up this car as a simple daily driver. But the bug to modify, edit and transform couldn’t be suppressed for long. Although I do daily drive the car still, the plans have been mounting up slowly but surely. By the time I’m done with this car, I’m not sure how much of the original will be left.
1991 Mazda Miata
You can ask most of my friends, and they’ll acknowledge that I’m a big Miata fan. This is despite the fact that I’ve never had a good one. I bought this Miata a while back, with the aspirations of having a fun daily driver that I could go autocrossing in. However the reality is, I bought a lemon from a shady Craigslist dealer. My bad. I got to enjoy the car a whole 500 miles or so before it developed a nasty rod knock. After that it sat in my parents garage, as I slowly sold all the good parts off of it. After a decent attempt at trying to get the car alive again and turning into a drift car, I finally parted ways with it. It’s likely going to be broken down and parted out, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
1989 BMW 325is
I picked up the E30 in 2014 for $600. Put bluntly, it’s not pretty. The paint is peeling, the body is dented, and all the plastics are cracked. But I don’t care if my car is beat up, I love it anyway. I bought the E30 with the intention of killing it at the track. I was looking for a drift car at the time, and this fit the budget. After some serious mechanical failures with the Miata, I started daily driving this. It changed my mind completely, not only about saving this car, but about BMW in general. Since then I’ve put a lot of time, effort and money (especially money) into this car. It’s still not pretty, but it’s an unreasonable amount of fun.