Replacing the E21 chassis in 1982 the E30 chassis spanned 12 years of production and overlapped its successor the E36 introduced in 1990 by 4 years. Early models featured the 4 pot M10 and inline 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 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 coach builder located in Stuttgart credited with early full factory authorization BMW convertibles (1602, 2002 and E21s). 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.
A firm favourite with BMW enthusiasts the E30s shape is a timeless classic sure to be admired for another 20 years.
Radio / Cassette, Ipod / Aux in cables, Alloy wheels, Leather interior, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Dash clock, PAS.
This charming E30 presents in stunning 90’s Alpine White. The paintwork has very few stone chips and is in excellent order with a deep shine all round. The sills and arches are free from corrosion and all of the chrome work and window trims are in good condition with both front and rear bumpers free from any unsightly scruffs or dents.
The plastic trims remain fresh, with no signs of discolouration, whilst the roof remains clean and tidy benefitting from a recent new rear window.
Fitted with the desirable Recaro sports seats that are trimmed in soft black leather in perfect condition with no wear or sagging to the bolsters. The rest of the interior is also in excellent condition with no wear to the carpets or damage to any of the plastic trim.
All the controls work as they should and the original tape player is pleasingly still installed..
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
With excellent early BMW service history up until ’08 and specialist servicing thereafter the mechanicals are exactly as they should be. The car starts on the first turn of the key and idles smoothly with the engine pulling the car well and providing an excellent balance of performance and economy.
The drivetrain is easy to feel and navigate through the gears.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This car has the factory 15″ BBS alloy wheels that are all in perfect condition and shod in matching Goodyear tyres all of which have plenty of tread left.
The brakes work well and pull the car up in a straight line.
The original service book shows the pre – delivery check on the 27th April of 1993 with Altwood of Maidenhead.
The supplying dealer would service the car on a further 7 occasions before specialists took over, with a significant Invoice inclusive of cambelt from local garage NBA Sportscars in May of 2015.
Every invoice and MOT from new is present in the history file, as well as the spare keys and complete book pack.
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