The Details

BMW E30 318i Cabriolet




  • Mileage: 83,982
  • Year: 1991
  • MOT Expiry: 12 Months
  • Exterior Colour: Calypso Red Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Grey Chequered Cloth Recaro
  • Top speed: 118
  • 0-60mph: 11.5
  • BHP: 111
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 1796cc
  • Engine Configuration: 4 In-line

Model History

Replacing the E21 chassis in 1982 the E30 chassis spanned twelve years of production and overlapped its successor, the E36 introduced in 1990, by 4 years.

Early models featured the four-pot M10 and straight-six 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 engine replaced with the M40 engine again utilising motronic. The chrome bumpers were also replaced with black ones in late 89 and the rear light made slightly bigger during this minor face lift.

The E30 was credited with a spacious cabin and a light curb weight, this was due to the suspension design that utilize Macpherson front struts and rear semi trailing arms. It was also the first 3 series to receive a service light indicator and warning light.


Folding soft-top in black, ‘Bottle top’ alloy wheels, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Dash clock, CD Player, Uniden car phone, Spare wheel, BMW toolkit, Spare key.


The Calypso Red paint has a deep, lustful shine and along both sides the car is arrow straight, with no parking dinks or scratches. There is no sign of corrosion in any of the usual weak spots, and there are only a handful of small stone chips to the lower front valance. All of the lights and glass are free from chips and the hood is in excellent condition.


The Recaro seats are in first-rate condition with period chequered cloth upholstery. The driver-focused dash is immaculate and all the switchgear works just as it should. There are hardly any signs of wear to the pedals, with the steering wheel and gearknob all retaining their textured feel. The boot is also in good condition with a complete and original tool kit, spare wheel, and first aid kit.


The engine fires into life on the first turn of the key and idles smoothly up to temperature. All of the engine and inner wings are still protected with BMW wax protection and thus are free from any corrosion. The car has been very well looked after and is mechanically excellent. It has just received an Inspection II service and cambelt change at the current mileage by a trusted marque specialist.


The original ‘bottle top’ alloys are in excellent condition and free from any major curbing marks. The tyres have ample tread remaining; the fronts have been replaced recently. The disc brakes do a good job of pulling the car up quickly in a straight line.

History File

This 318i comes with a great service history with twelve stamps in the original service book. The first eight are BMW main dealer and the last four with specialists. Also present in the History File are most of the MOTs, plenty of tax discs, a raft of maintenance invoices, the original owner’s pack and spare keys. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been fully serviced by our local BMW specialist, who carried out an Inspection II along with the all-important cambelt change.

4,605 miles – Oil service
13,986 miles – Inspection I
19,995 miles – Oil service
27,795 miles – Inspection II
32,300 miles – Inspection I
37,967 miles – Oil service
44,906 miles – Inspection II
50,529 miles – Oil service
52,624 miles – Oil service
65,734 miles – Oil service
72,432 miles – Inspection I
75,695 miles – Oil service
83,986 miles – Inspection II including cambelt

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