My engineering-school buddies were split right down the middle on the kind of car they dreamed of buying after graduation: a 3-series BMW, or a Mustang LX 5.0.
Actually, since I graduated in 1989, we dreamed of this 3-series, as it was what BMW made then. But even on a young engineer’s comfortable salary, a BMW meant uncomfortable debt. Those who couldn’t quite finagle (or stomach) it ended up in the much less expensive, much easier to finance Mustang.
But I’m sure the aspirations of a budding young engineer changed little into the 1990s and cars like this remained droolworthy. Well, the coupe was droolworthy, anyway. In those days, who wanted a sedan? Today, of course, sedans are hot. BMW doesn’t even make 3-series car with only two doors anymore.
This one’s just how we like ‘em: a complete, original car that shows signs of ongoing use. Dig how the paint is fading off that bumper.
But that use has clearly been gentle. Inside, even the leather on the driver’s seat isn’t too roughed up. Is this somebody’s fun-times car?
Oh, and why the Mustang LX 5.0 and not the GT? Because the LX was lighter and, therefore, theoretically faster. That’s how engineers think: theoretically. It helped that the LX 5.0 was also slightly less expensive.
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