1989 BMW 318i (E30)
One owner from new; 80,150
miles; recent new exhaust and front brakes; ready to enjoy
The superb E30 series of BMW compact saloons and coupes
ran from 1982 until 1994 and, to many enthusiasts, were the last of the real
driver-focused models from BMW.
Later 3-Series became increasingly heavy, and although
regular injections of extra power made them faster, they lost much of the pep
and brio of the simpler and lighter models. It is worth remembering that the
first M3, widely regarded as the finest handling BMW ever made, was based on the
E30 chassis and is now seriously expensive and collectable today.
One of the most popular models in the E30 line up was the
318i which initially had a 105bhp M10 four-cylinder engine but from 1987 had an
improved 113bhp M40 engine which gave it a top speed of 115mph and a 0-60 time
of 12 seconds for the automatic and 10.8 seconds for the manual version.
Arguably better balanced than the larger-engined six-cylinder models, it
car to have in the late Eighties when it became known as the
‘poor man's M3’ although even then they were never exactly cheap. Superb driving
machines, they are still sought after today.
First registered in February 1989, this 5-speed manual BMW
318i four-door has had just one Midlands owner from new and has covered only
80,150 miles as warranted by 14 old MOTs on file back to 1993. Barely used over
the last 10 years and stored in a heated garage, it has recently been
recommissioned including new front brake discs and pads and a new exhaust, being
submitted for an MOT in June this year which it passed with just a few minor
The Burgundy Metallic bodywork looks to be in good
condition bar a couple of small rust bubbles on the sunroof, while the grey
cloth interior is very clean and tidy with a just a few cracks on the top of the
dash to let the side down. Driven some 60 miles to the sale, it started promptly
and drove very nicely as we moved it around for these photos.
The original handbooks and wallet are still present but
the service book has sadly gone astray although there are a couple of bills on
file for a new clutch master cylinder in November 2004 at 66,884 miles and for a
service in November 2005 at c.69,000 miles.
These E30 BMWs are great fun to drive and this sensible
mileage one-owner example doubtless has many years of useful life ahead of it.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org