BMW never put a V8 in the E30-generation 3-Series, but that hasn't stopped owners from swapping in engines of their own. This car in particular has been treated to a new powertrain courtesy of a 5.0 Foxbody Mustang. Best of all? It looks totally stock from the outside save for a cheeky badge on the trunk. It's . You should buy it.
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According to the seller's description, the Ford 5.0-liter V8 found under the hood of this 1986 3-Series is totally stock save for a Mega-Squirt ECM control module. It sends power to the rear wheels via a T-5 five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. In 1989, the Mustang 5.0 was rated at 220 horsepower from the factory, so we're guessing the engine is still making somewhere around that number. The 325i's stock inline-six made around 50 horsepower less.
From the outside, the car looks pretty much like it came from the factory. There are stock fenders, bumpers, wheels, and seats. The only modifications we can spot are some tinted taillights and a "350i" badge stuck on the rear trunk lid to indicate the displacement of the engine. Pretty clever. There are a couple of downsides, of course. There's neither heat nor air conditioning, and sections of the paint are beginning to fade. There's also some rust, but no pictures of affected areas are given.
The car currently , with a high bid of $1725 and five days remaining. If you're into the look of the E30 and want to enjoy the sound of some American muscle (and confuse onlookers), this is the BMW for you.