The Details

BMW E30 320i Cabriolet




  • Mileage: 50,595
  • Year: 1990
  • MOT Expiry: March 2019
  • Exterior Colour: Calypso Red Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Cloth
  • Top speed: 119
  • 0-60mph: 11.0
  • BHP: 123
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1991cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

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.

The 325i convertible was the first drop top solely built by BMW closely followed by the 320i convertible. The early E30 convertibles were converted by Baur, a coachbuilder located in Stuttgart credited with early full factory authorization. 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 helping to reduce flex or twist in the chassis after removing the metal roof.


Calypso Red Metallic (252), Anthracite cloth upholstery (0269), Soft-top in black (370), Chrome bumpers, 15-inch cross-spoke alloys, 4-speed automatic gearbox, M Technic steering wheel, Dash clock, Outside temperature display, Heated door mirrors, Panasonic cassette radio, Tailored carpet mats, Front and rear mud flaps, BMW toolkit, BBS spare wheel, Jack and wheel brace, Warning triangle, Spare key.


This outstanding E30 really looks the part with its original Calypso Red paint, chrome bumpers and 15-inch BBS alloys. The car is arrow-straight along both sides and presents without any notable scuffs or scrapes. Glancing along those classic lines all of the trim remains in excellent original condition. The brightwork maintains a lovely mirror finish and the bumpers are in great order. Furthermore, the hood is unworn with zero damage to the rear window. There is no rust to speak of, and the registration number can still be found etched on all glass.


The cabriolet’s Recaro seats look fantastic in anthracite cloth. The upholstery is unworn and presents without any marks or unsightly sagging to the bolsters or seat bases. With a mere 50k miles to its name the cabin appears fresh throughout, and certainly free from any signs of heavy use. Commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and switchgear are in fine order with no damage to report. A full set of tailored overmats protects the foot-well carpets and in the boot you’ll still find the toolkit, warning triangle, and full size alloy spare wheel.


The engine bay of this example is particularly sound. Having been carefully stored when not in use car has never suffered from corrosion in any of the usual E30 weak spots, such as the suspension turrets or inner wings. Furthermore, the service booklet boasts a great maintenance history, which is stamped at close mileage intervals. Following some downtime in dry storage the car has just been serviced and the cambelt replaced.


The 15-inch BBS cross-spoke alloys look great on the 320i and were specified from new. They present in immaculate condition following a full refurb to a high standard within the last year. The wheels are shod in Pirelli P600s at the front and Uniroyals at the rear. The tyres have plenty of tread remaining and the brake discs also show plenty of life left.

History File

Costing £22,051 the E30 was supplied new in May 1990 by Alan Kerr Ltd, Warwick. Alan Kerr BMW also carried out the running-in inspection and subsequent six services; the next four were also at main dealers. Pleasingly the maintenance has been carried out at close mileage intervals, with all but one of the services stamped in the dealer-supplied booklet. The dense history file is complete with the original document pack, radio instructions, a raft of MOT certificates, and a complete set of BMW invoices for each of the services carried out. The recorded maintenance history is as follows:

25/06/1990 at 577 miles – Running-in inspection
17/05/1991 at 3,657 miles – Oil service
06/04/1992 at 8,227 miles – Inspection I
05/04/1993 at 12,855 miles – Inspection II
26/04/1994 at 18,254 miles – Oil service
11/03/1996 at 24,634 miles – Oil service
04/02/1997 at 28,625 miles – Inspection I
20/05/1998 at 33,429 miles – Oil service
20/03/1999 at 36,587 miles – Inspection II
08/02/2001 at 43,167 miles – Oil service
11/04/2002 at 43,931 miles – Inspection I
26/07/2017 at 50,000 miles – Oil service + cambelt change

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