RESERVE LOWERED - 1986 BMW E30 325i

Highlights


Highly presentable inside and out.
• Mechanically sound (and sounds great!).
• Driven around 1,000 miles in five years.


Background


The BMW E30 is the second-generation 3 Series, in production from 1982 to 1994. It replaced the E21 3 Series and the model range included a 2-door sedan and convertible body styles. It was also the first 3 Series to offer a 4-door sedan and estate body styles.

Development of the E30 3 Series began several years earlier in July 1976, with its styling developed by chief designer Claus Luthe and Boyke Boyer. In 1978, the final design was signed off, with BMW’s E30 launch film showing the design process including computer-aided design, crash testing and wind-tunnel testing.

The car was launched to media acclaim at the end of November 1982. Externally, the E30's appearance is very similar to twin headlight versions of its E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the E30, the major ones include the interior layout and a revised suspension, the latter to reduce the oversteer for which the E21 was rightly criticised.

In 1985 the exterior and interior trim were updated. The 323i model was replaced with the 325i, a fine example of which is offered here.

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The History


C37 LGJ received its first UK registration on 25th March, 1986. During the intervening 35 years, the car has been lovingly appreciated by just five keepers, before being acquired by its current owner in June, 2017. Since then, the owner has driven just 1,100 miles in the car.

Regrettably, the car is offered for sale to a new keeper who hopefully will care for this sought-after E30 in the manner to which it has evidently become accustomed.

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The Paperwork


Along with the V5C registered in the current keeper’s name, there is the MoT certificate, the original folding owner’s wallet which includes the Handbook and Service book. There are two sets of keys and an expansive file of parts, service and maintenance records available, along with a Haines 3- and 5-Series Service & Repair Manual.

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The Interior


While somewhat short of showroom standard, the interior of this 325i presents in remarkably good condition and this writer frequently had to remind himself that this is a thirty-five-year-old car.

The dash, sun visors and door cards are in excellent order as is the general condition of the upholstery, soft furnishings and roof liner. Just the one interior issue needs reporting…that of the driver’s seat back card which appears to be parting ways (pictured) but this is an easy and inexpensive fix.

All the electrics are in working order, as are the instruments, dials and switchgear. The boot is tidy and contains the prerequisite jack and associated tools plus the non-alloy spare wheel. There is also the de rigeur boot-lid mounted BMW tool kit which is complete barring a socket.

It is quite evident that over the years the car has been garaged when not in use as the top of the dashboard and rear parcel shelf show no signs of sun-bleaching which would normally be the case when a car has spent most of its seemingly charmed life outside.

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The Exterior


The condition of the exterior matches that of the inside and is indicative of the love and care afforded the car during its lifetime. The owner has kept the car in a garaged state when not in use. The light lenses are clear and show no hint of the fogging often associated with a car of this age. 

The front and rear bumpers are in excellent condition and are blemish-free. The smart BBS alloy wheels show no scuffs or evidence of being ‘curbed’ and again, are in immaculate condition.

The brightwork around the car is in exceptional condition and a cursory glance down each flank of the car shows no evidence of collision damage and even the front number plate and valance, for all their vulnerability, remain blemish free.

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The Mechanics


The custodian reports the car to be excellent mechanical condition with steering, brakes and straight six engine performing as well as their respective engineers intended.

During the photo shoot, the car required frequent repositioning to capture the best autumnal light and every time the 2.5-litre engine ticked over sweetly with a sonorous six-pot burble emanating from the exhaust.

The gearbox connected smoothly and the clutch engaged with no drama, requiring a just gentle rev to get underway. Only underneath do we see evidence of its 35 years but even then, much of the discolouring is natural oxidation.

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The Appeal


We script writers at Car & Classic are bound within certain parameters to refrain from venturing too far away from the middle line when it comes to describing the cars we are assigned to photograph and write-up for auction.

This is, of course, fully understandable. The subject car has to be/do what we say it is/does. In describing ‘C37 LGJ’, this writer hasn’t ventured from the middle line one iota.

The new keeper will have a tough act to follow in maintaining the excellent condition of this car. This writer has not seen another 35-year-old E30 BMW like it. If he could place the winning bid, he would...but he can’t, which will make for a rather sad day, to be fair.

G’won, because you’re here, pop on a cheeky bid…you know you want to!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make BMW
  • Model E30 325i
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 85,125 Miles
  • Engine size 2494
  • Location Wiltshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
7 bids from 6 bidders
  • martin1•••• £8,000 02/12/21
  • tasminl•••• £7,800 01/12/21
  • ben-ped•••• £7,500 28/11/21
  • ben-ped•••• £5,000 27/11/21
  • john-ry•••• £4,000 27/11/21
  • colin-b•••• £3,000 26/11/21
  • Awmersh•••• £500 25/11/21

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