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 |  Dec 03 2012, 1:32 PM

BMW E30 3 Series

Almost as hipster-pleasing as it gets, BMW’s 3 Series with the E30 chassis is right at home parked next to a locked-up fixie bike. Its boxy style is the perfect compliment  for anyone with a pair of thick, black glasses with no prescription whatsoever.

Built from 1982 to 1991 and one of the most driver-oriented cars on the list, E30 BMWs still have a lot going for them. Even at its heaviest, this hipstermobile tips the scales at just over 3,000 lbs. At its lightest, the car only weighed 2,359 lbs making it a nimble and engaging choice.

Of course, anyone willing to drive one will have to struggle through the spotty reliability lurking beneath the surface in most older German cars. Despite that, the E30 was still a relatively simple car and some of the last like that from BMW.

  • Beards.

    Beards.
    Also didn’t Indiana Jones drive a Thing?

  • AllMyFriendsAreADickheads

    This song is dedicated to hipsters. lmfao. so funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I

    Got to click over and watch / listen. You’ll pee your pants.

  • Colum Wood

    Well, he did wear a fedora. Closet hipster?

  • James K

     He did wear a fedora… friggin Hipster

  • Mcdonaldgeraldmark

    Great article.  Well done.

  • indy

    Manufacture of the Thing started in 1968, a long time after the Indiana Jones era. He may have driven something like a Thing, but it was not a Thing.  

  • indy

    Why in the part about the Pontiac Phoenix, does the writer talk about the green wood trimmed  Chevrolet Chevette, as if it is a Pontiac Phoenix?

  • Etmccaus

    What he said. I could ID a Chevette before it was cool to make fun of people who drive them in order to be ironically uncool. #metahipster

  • nagger tits

    those cars are boss. i think the author is confusing hipsters for hippies. 

  • Guest

    Oh god. That Pheonix just brought back a flood of memories of my first car as a 16-year-old in the 80′s. The baby-blue Pontiac Pheonix with 2.8L V6 was a hand-me-down from Mom, who got it as a hand-me-down from my grandmother, and it looked like it.  I think it came with estrogen as standard equipment.
    There was no real awareness of hipster irony in those days. If you were cool and had money in high school, you were in an IROC-Z Camaro or a Mustang GT.  If you were riding in something like a Phoenix….pffft…hahahaha.

     But it was all I had I squeezed every ounce of life out of that thing and had some good times until we eventually donated it to the Salvation Army for a tax write-off.  I would be pretty surprised to see one of those still running on the road.

  • Kpwritescopy

    The 2CV was sold in the US from 1958 through 1961. Not many, but officially. The Richard Dreyfus character in American Graffiti drove one…

  • Jjon

    lada or lancia or trabants the latter was a communist luxury car how much more ironic can you get

  • Meade Skelton

    In general ,a hipster would never drive a car. But I would think the most ironic car for a hipster would be a “soccer mom” mini van- like a Plymouth Voyager or something circa 1998.

  • Colum Wood

    Nice one! A Plymouth Voyager for sure!

  • KeepItReal

    Agreed but those are more retro vintage choices.
    There needs to be an overzealous enviro-concious statement somewhere.

    To that I’d say the Toyota Prius would fit the bill.
    Come to Norcal and see the Prius horde.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34201368 George Dumblione

    hipster