Many of us have owned the same classic car twice in our lifetime. Some of us have regretted going back as our rose-tinted memories can mislead us as to how good that first experience actually was.

I am guilty of this and must say that twice I have re-purchased a past vehicle and both times was disappointed. However, this certainly is not the case with Doug Moody and his beloved 1989 BMW M325i.

“I always had a soft spot for the E30 BMW, having spent a few years at the Wellington Street Race which the German teams just totally dominated. I remember seeing Tony Longhurst crash after leading the race; in fact they wrote off two E30s that day and both drivers walked away from the crash with the worst injury being a broken big toe.” Doug knew then that not only did these cars look the part but they were extremely well built.

While living in Auckland 25 years ago, Doug bought a Japanese import 320i. “It was all I could afford at the time and I just wanted to experience what these cars were all about.”

Fast forward 25 years to 2007 and Doug was browsing the motoring section of the Christchurch Press one Saturday morning. Advertised for sale was a manual BMW M325i. Doug shot down to the dealership and took the car for a drive. “I loved it but then made the fatal mistake of sleeping on it. I went back the next morning to the dealership and it was sold. I was gutted!”

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