...you’re looking for an example online of a car you saw, and find the actual car you saw.
I saw an E36 convertible with a roll bar today, something I don’t think I’ve seen before. I did a GIS to try to see how unusual this combination was, and stumbled upon the actual car.
I’m almost positive this is it. The color (Morea Green Metallic?) seems correct, as do the gray bumpers. The biggest evidence, however, is that the car pictured was for sale in 2012 roughly 15 miles away from where I saw it today. That doesn’t confirm anything, however, that does make it seem a lot more likely.
At any rate, this has been an odd experience.