Not Your Typical E30 Swap

E30 BMWs with other BMW inline sixes swapped are not altogether too uncommon, and some even receive BMW V8s.  This seller, however, took a different path.  Yes, that's a Nissan/Infiniti VH45DE engine from a first generation Q45. 



What's that engine doing there, you ask?  The seller apparently was looking "to generate as much power to the wheels as possible while keeping it low maintenance and Japanese reliable with easy to find replaceable parts."  Mission accomplished?

This will annoy purists on Bimmerforums and at your local Cars and Coffee; so we say go for it!  We would consider going a bit more stealth, but wouldn't need to change too much.  Most importantly, we'd find a way to have a "345is" badge made for it.  After all, most of the E30 names (save for 325 and 325e in different years) actually matched engine displacements.

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Tustin, CA, USA
$6,200


From this angle, this looks like just another modified E30, though in a particularly interesting color.  We like the 325is air dam and the 'deflated' bumper.


Hmm...the exhaust isn't standard fare.  Frankly, it needs to be toned down.  We'd also like to see a 325is rear spoiler here.


Body appears to be straight.


Interior is all there, but seats could use a little TLC.  This is a great excuse to swap in the 325is and convertible sport seats with the good bolsters and thigh extensions.


Here's that unusual engine. No, it's not mounted transversely...

Ad text:

Had a baby need downpayment for a bigger car so my toy has got to go. selling my unique battleship grey e30 with a one of a kind v8 swap. not in a hurry to sell but will entertain the right offer - please no low ballers -do not bother looking to sell only no trades - no trade cash only no paypal or financing.

Car sold as is, test drive cash in hand only 

the engine swapped in is a Vh45de v8 motor from an infinity q45. the idea is to generate as much power to the wheel as possible while keeping it low maintenance and japanese reliable with easy to find replaceable parts. the swap was done professionally at DR CONCEPT in Signal Hill.


engine vh45de with about 100k miles
custom plate mated to 300zx twin turbo transmission
stage 2 racing clutch
custom oilpan
custom headers
custom driveshaft
custom motor mounts
custom tranny mount
welded diff
xxr rims with a set of bottle caps as drift spare.
sparco steering wheel

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