It would be essentially a weekend/car meet/fun car. I want something that won’t lose too much value, that is interesting enough to be worthwhile to take to meets/C&C, that is fun to drive, and not too expensive or difficult to maintain. Manual transmission is required. Oh, and German.

Right now, three realistic options have presented themselves:

1. BMW E30 swapped to an E36 M3 engine.

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2. BMW E34 540i 6-speed with some very cool original tuner goodies

3. Wait for the right E24 to pop up. Probably worse to drive, frankly, but so nice to look at.

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All other things being equal (i.e. condition and price), which should I buy?