The Details

BMW E30 318i Cabriolet

£8,995

A00001

Specification

  • Mileage: 61,380
  • Year: 1991
  • MOT Expiry: May 2020
  • Exterior Colour: Brilliant Red
  • Interior Colour: Grey Chequered Cloth
  • Top speed: 116
  • 0-60mph: 13.0
  • BHP: 111
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 1796cc
  • Engine Configuration: 4 In-line

Model History

Brought to the market as an entry-level luxury car, the E30 chassis spanned twelve years of production. Replacing the E21 in 1982 and overlapping its successor, the E36 (introduced in 1990), by four years.

Early models featured the 4-pot M10 and straight-6 M20 engines used in the E21. The major update for the E30 took place in 1987 where the M20 engine was fitted with Bosch Motronic injection and the M10 was replaced by the M40 engine, again utilising Motronic. The chrome bumpers were also replaced with black or coloured ones in late 1989, with the rear light clusters also made slightly bigger during this minor facelift. E30s are now referred to as pre-facelift (chrome bumpers) or facelift (plastic bumpers).

The E30 boasted a spacious cabin and a light curb weight. This was due to the suspension design that utilised Macpherson front struts and rear semi trailing arms. It was also the first 3-Series to receive a service light indicator and warning light. The 325i convertible was the first drop-top solely built by BMW, with early E30s being converted by Baur, a coachbuilder located in Stuttgart. To strengthen the chassis and reduce scuttle shake BMW added plates to the front suspension turrets and built in chassis beams down the length of the car, which helped to reduce flex or twist in the chassis after removing the metal roof.

Equipment

Brilliant Red paintwork, Grey chequered cloth upholstery, Folding soft-top in black, 14-inch “bottle top” alloy wheels, Electric windows, Electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Dash clock, CD player, Spare wheel, BMW toolkit.

Exterior

The Brilliant Red paintwork has a deep, lustful shine and along both sides the car is arrow-straight, with no unsightly parking dents or scratches to report. There is no sign of corrosion in any of the usual E30 weak spots such as the wheel arches or scuttle panel, the only real imperfections to note being a handful of light stone chips at the front end. All of the glass and lights are free from chips, and the hood is in excellent order with no damage to the rear window. The car is also great underneath having been professionally undersealed back in 2012 as a precautionary measure. An exquisite low mileage example, ready to be driven and enjoyed.

Interior

The Recaro seats are in first-rate condition with unmarked chequered cloth showing absolutely no wear to the bolsters. A pristine finish can be found throughout the cabin including to the centre console and dash, all presenting without any sun damage or marking. Pleasingly all the switchgear works just as it should and there are hardly any signs of use to the pedals, steering wheel, or gear knob. The boot area is also in fine condition with a complete tool kit and spare wheel.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

The engine fires into life on the first turn of the key and idles smoothly up to temperature. Lifting the bonnet reveals a wonderfully clean engine bay. Many components are still protected by the factory BMW wax and thus are free from corrosion. There are also no signs of any rust to the inner wings or chassis rails.

With a peppy 1.8 and silken 5-speed gearbox, this little E30 really is a perfect summer cruiser. It has been very well looked after and is mechanically excellent having been correctly maintained from new. The cambelt was most recently replaced just 100 miles ago and a fresh oil service will be carried out prior to sale.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES

The original “bottle top” alloys are in excellent condition having been fully refurbished and fitted with new centre badges since our photos were taken. The tyres have also been replaced with a matching set, all showing at least 7mm of tread. The front pads and discs were changed at 61,034 miles.

History File

This cracking E30 cabrio is accompanied by a great BMW service history. The original maintenance booklet is stamped up to 59k miles with all eleven entries being Main Dealer. The cambelt was most recently changed at 61,271 miles and we’ll be having the car freshly serviced prior to sale for the new keeper’s piece of mind. The paperwork is complete with plenty of invoices, MOT certificates, and the original BMW document pack with all manuals. The MOT is valid until May 2020.


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