Nice pictures! And proof that it's not about the MP.
I want a 2002, e30 or e31.
My dad's first car out of graduate school was a beige/gold (hard to tell from pictures) 2002 (just the vanilla version--couldn't afford the ti or turbo version). He bought it with about 40,000 miles on the odometer, and drove it until there were holes where the rocker panels used to be. He rebuilt the engine in that time, replaced the drive shaft twice, and did a few other big repairs.
Interesting that you posted that 840. There's somebody around my area who has a white one.