The Details

BMW E30 325i Convertible




  • Mileage: 17,630
  • Year: 1986
  • MOT Expiry: 12 Months
  • Exterior Colour: Diamond Black Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Houndstooth Cloth
  • Top speed: 128
  • 0-60mph: 10.5
  • BHP: 168
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Switchable Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2494cc
  • 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.


Diamond Black Metallic, Anthracite houndstooth cloth sports seats, Folding soft-top in black (manually operated), 4-speed switchable automatic transmission, 15-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels, Factory air conditioning, Factory KM instrument cluster, Blaupunkt Toronto cassette radio, Electric windows front and rear, Electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Electric aerial, BMW tool kit, Alloy spare wheel, Spare key.


This ultra-low mileage 325i looks great in Diamond Black, a seemingly rare colour for the E30 convertible. The dark metallic paintwork presents well throughout with no unsightly scratches or scuffs to report. There are no signs of rust in any of the common E30 weak spots and the underside is also amazingly fresh having never seen a salted road. Both bumpers are in excellent condition with the chrome and rubber trims still retaining a great factory finish, and the hood presents perfectly having only recently been replaced with a new OEM-quality item.



The E30’s cabin is a wonderful place to be with the body-hugging sports seats and rare factory-spec’d air conditioning system. The anthracite upholstery has really stood the test of time and presents exceptionally well throughout with no major wear to the bolsters or seat bases. Houndstooth cloth extends to the door cards, again all unmarked. Glancing across the dash there are no cracks to report, with other commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and gear lever also appearing in great shape. Everything works just as it should, including the AC which has just been re-gassed.


The smooth 2.5-litre straight six starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature without fuss. The engine performs really well on test and the switchable 4-speed ‘box shifts with ease. Under the bonnet you’ll find a very clean and tidy engine bay with no signs of any damage or previous poor repair. The car has just returned from the workshop following a full mechanical inspection and fresh service. The cambelt was replaced in February 2021. 


The E30 sits on the desirable 15-inch cross-spoke BBS alloy wheels, all in perfect unmarked condition having only recently been refurbished to a very high standard, including the spare. They are wrapped in brand new tyres all round. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, bringing the car to a halt quickly and in a straight line.

History File

This attractive E30 325i in gleaming Diamantschwarz Metallic was first registered in March 1987. Supplied new by Hexagon BMW, the car was factory-specified with a KM instrument cluster and air conditioning. It was then exported to Brunei where it would live a sheltered life before returning to the UK in late 2019. The V5C shows only 1 former keeper.

Since arriving with us the car has been fully inspected by our trusted classic car workshop. A few small items were reported on inspection and have now been rectified. This work included the fitting of a new battery and retaining clamp, new bonnet strut, a pressure test and re-gas of the air conditioning system, new front shock absorbers, and new front lower suspension arms including rear bushes. A fresh service was also carried out for the new keeper’s peace of mind. Other notable recent work includes a cambelt replacement done in February 2021.

Within the accompanying History File you’ll find the original document pack with the owner’s manuals, Blaupunkt radio instructions, and stamped maintenance booklet still inside. The paperwork is complete with a number of recent invoices, MOT certificates, various import documents, and a spare key.

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