I think the issue has less to do with total cost of ownership and more to do with the barrier of entry. Even with the market slow-down, a rusty non-running e9 is still $6K. $15K gets you a car that needs major body and interior work, and an issue-free car doesn't start until you hit the $30's. It's been my experience and observation that a young enthusiast will dump their heart, soul, and pocketbook into their car once they have grown attached to it, which is why I think that total cost of ownership isn't the main detractor. I also think that the e30 M3 community and the e30 community are two very different demographics.. The M3 community has the high barrier of entry, but they can still get a cheap e30 tail light if they need one.I do see that the E9 community is notably older than the E30 - not a huge surprise. I am 38 years old and have an appreciation for all things vintage. It will be interesting to see how many younger BMW enthusiasts pursue these cars in the future. It seems that total cost of ownership is higher with the E9 which is one reason you don't see as many younger owners.
Your call but I think you just reduced your inventory by 70%.Hi Robert - your car looks very clean! I have decided to focus on finding a 3.5l car so I don't think yours is the one for me. I will certainly reach out if that changes! If you have not done so already I would recommend chatting with Peter C. as he just sold a very clean 2800CS and can provide some guidance on the marketing and pricing.