David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/4/19 7:57 a.m.

He might not wear a mullet, but Vu Nguyen, executive director for the Porsche Club of America, is all about the ’80s.

Neon pink BMX bike? Check.

Collection of rad r/c cars? Also check.

And in the garage, you’ll find several of the decade’s greatest hits, including his 1983 BMW …

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AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/4/19 8:16 a.m.

the last time i drove an E21 was about 1986.  i loved it then, and i'd probably love it now.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
11/4/19 8:53 a.m.

Nice car.  I could do without the pink bike, though.

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
11/4/19 9:27 a.m.

I sold a lot of those pink GT's back when they were new. When they were first released we could only get frame & fork sets.

Jumper K Balls (Trent)
Jumper K Balls (Trent) PowerDork
11/4/19 9:40 a.m.

In for more GT Performer content! laugh

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
11/4/19 10:47 a.m.

Buys 40 year old car. Nothing goes wrong. 

 

Must be nice! 

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/4/19 4:38 p.m.
NOT A TA said:

I sold a lot of those pink GT's back when they were new. When they were first released we could only get frame & fork sets.

John Paige http://www.lab-14.com

I'm pretty sure that you sold one to my nephew back around 1987 or so.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/4/19 8:41 p.m.

In reply to NOT A TA :

I just checked with my nephew. He bought a blue GT from you. He also had a pink Dyno.

RandolphCarter
RandolphCarter New Reader
11/4/19 9:19 p.m.

In reply to Jumper K Balls (Trent) :

You have to go off site for that, but here you go.

amg_rx7
amg_rx7 SuperDork
11/4/19 10:31 p.m.
Vigo said:

Buys 40 year old car. Nothing goes wrong. 

 

Must be nice! 

German car fanboys hide that under "maintenance " ;)

dettonator20
dettonator20 New Reader
11/5/19 9:50 a.m.

I had a black '81 which I should not have sold in '94. I had no repairs during the three years that I owned it. That was definitely not the case with the E34 and E36 that I owned after!

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
11/5/19 4:30 p.m.

I had an e21 that I mostly-rebuilt. Never drove that one before I decided to bail on the project, but another one I drove basically gave the impression of being a 2002 with worse handling, slower, and heavier. I thought it was a cool little car, but in truth it didn't do anything as well as either a 2002 or an early e30.  I sold my project after I swapped an M42 engine into it, which probably would have made it a fun car.  But I already had an e30, so kind of decided 'what's the point?'

Maintenance? There's not much to go wrong on the e21....M10 is a solid engine, and the chassis/suspension is downright basic.

But, I still have enough 80s cars for the moment :)

 

 

 

 

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
11/5/19 5:01 p.m.

My boss had a E21 for a year or so. I got to drive it once, which was my first experience in a German car.  Definitely left an impression.

GT Pro Performer freestyle bike... I actually have a set of those handlebars, although in chrome. And I'm not sure how good the decals are after 36 years (I got them in 1983).

jr02518
jr02518 Reader
11/5/19 7:00 p.m.

If you have any hope of owning one of these at something approaching a sain price, buy it now.  They are starting to escalate, rapidly.

Yes, only a 1.8 liter but if you embrace driving them above 3600 RPM they will reward the driver.  Just be prepared for a lot of body roll.

                              

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/19/19 9:44 p.m.

And just in case you missed the reference in the title:

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/19/19 9:46 p.m.

And because Vu rules so much, you can learn a bit more about him (and his model car collection) here.

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