The average person who builds a rally car starts with some 4WD thing and then lifts and adds some power…but nobody wants to be associated with things that are average. What you want is a car built by some eccentric weirdo who thinks that a 2-wheel-drive E30 BMW is a good place to start an off-road overlander build. Then life becomes more interesting and suddenly you are the guy who knows which plants are edible and how to survive for weeks in the wilderness without any tools. Find this 1987 BMW 325i Rally car offered for $4200 in Redwood City, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1987 bmw 325
cylinders: 6 cylinders
title status: clean
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here it is. This fine specimen of machinery is a 1987 BMW 325 aka E30 that has been expertly converted into the finest rally/offroad/overlanding rig there’s ever been. Quite simply put, this thing is a beast and will go wherever you the hell you want it to.
3″ suspension lift with Bilstein shocks/struts
16″ slot mags with 28″ all terrain tires (5×120 wheel adapters)
Welded 4.10 medium case diff
Smooth running, Super eta 2.7 engine
Smooth shifting 5 speed manual trans
CB Radio, PA under hood
Flowmaster Catback exhaust
Full size spare
Sick camo paint
Honestly why are you even still reading this ad? Come buy it already. I have a 300+whp turbo E30 in my garage and this is still the most fun E30 I’ve ever driven. We built it for the Gambler 500 and ended up just taking it on overlanding trips. Do you have any idea how satisfying it is to wheel by pissed off Jeep owners in a 1980s commuter sedan? Seriously, they don’t have a sense of humor about it. I wouldn’t sell it if I didn’t already have too many other cars.
I have everything needed to convert the engine to the 2.7i stroker that everyone does, including long tube headers and an ECU with Dinan chip. Starting with the super eta gives you the best possible engine setup with all the low end torque but able to wind out up top. Car has fresh oil, coolant, trans/diff fluids, etc.
Passenger side windows currently identify as manual
Windshield is cracked (I have another I’ll include if you want)
Pulls to one side on the road (needs LCABS and an alignment or just drive it on the dirt like a real man)
Car is registered and road legal. Make me an offer and drive it home today.
See a better way to drive something off road? firstname.lastname@example.org