1984 BMW 325e (Carroll Gardens)
The Cold War wasn’t all sobriety and existential fear. After all, the West Germans had those wunderbar autobahns to put to use.
In America the E30 3 Series became to yuppies what Swatch watches were to pre-teen girls. The fruits of that are with us today when affluence is the new middle class aspiration. BMW reportedly sold nearly 120,000 of them in 2013. No wonder picking off its buyers is job 1 for Audi, Lexus, and practically everybody else.
The 3 Series remains legendary but we prefer the E30 and the earlier E21.