1996 BMW 318IS (E36)
Just two owners
and 96,894 miles from new; in super condition; extensive spec
inc.M-Sport interior and LSD - investment
Supplied new by Whitehouse BMW of
Ruxley in August 1996, this was a rare model when new, let alone today. The
318IS was the higher performance version of the four-cylinder range of E36
coupes in the 90’s offering performance similar to the 6-cylinder cars without
the heavier running costs.
The M44B19 four-cylinder engine fitted to the
IS variant produced 138bhp and (as a 1996 example) 181NM of torque almost on par
with the 2.0-litre six, but had a revvier nature and boasted more power and
torque than its standard 318 sibling.
Finished in what looks to be
unmarked Arctic silver with half black leather M-Sport interior the car appears
to be in entirely stock, unmodified condition, which is most pleasing and
largely uncommon nowadays, a testament to its two owners, the current some 18
years since 2003.
The extensive and desirable specification of this
example includes 16inch M twin-spoke light alloy wheels with new tyres, M-Sport
suspension, M aerodynamic body styling, twin SRS, rear head rests, front centre
arm rest, front fog lamps, electric steel sunroof, electric windows, modern
retrofit CD/Mp3 player, 25% LSD, tool kit, first aid triangle and jack
Within the history file, we find the V5C, owner’s pack & service
book showing eight stamps (five by BMW main dealers) including PDI by Whitehouse
Ruxley BMW, the last at 58,519 by NBA Sports Cars of Surrey in January 2011 plus
a further six stamps for brake fluid and coolant changes, four of which were by
BMW main dealers and one further stamp for Body Inspection in July 1998 by the
supplying dealer. In addition we find the old style log book, a service invoice
dated February 2009 at 49,019 miles costing £584.75, a few recent invoices for
spare key and sundry trim bits dated September 2020.
Showing just 96,894
miles from new, an average of just 3,800 per annum, the car will appeal to any
BMW enthusiast or aficionado. With a current MOT valid until March 2022 with
just three minor advisories recorded, the car is ready to be enjoyed or popped
in a carcoon for investment, although that seems a crying shame to deny the
owner the enjoyment on offer here.
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