I know what you mean. My first car was an e30 convertible. I was owner #2 and it was well kept. not perfect but slick. All of the sudden, I have one of the coolest cars at school! in the spring/summer, Everyone wanted a ride. Here I am at a rich kid school surrounded by 15000-40000 dollar cars, and everyone wants mine??? Something about them that trancends all physical appearance and performance makes them desirable.
Just after graduation, my tough little car saved 4 lives by making it arround a drunk driver. Unfortunately it fliped and was totaled. Get this. The police told me that nowone should have made it. We all survived with no broken bones, and after rolling my car back over, she started back up, and was driven home! Lets see if any other car can do that! my radio came on, the windows worked (on the un-smooshed side) the antenna went up and down, and the steering, engine, and overall feel of the car were intact! My insurance gave me the runnarround, but after much battle, I managed to get proper value and do you know what I bought? I got another e30 convertible and am never getting rid of it! there just arent any cars like em! and they are rare. my car is 1 of something like 600 in america. maybe less. if you get rid of it, good luck getting another.
not to mention, value is increasing for properly mantained e30's soon enough we will have rare european classics. whats not to love about that!