Lot 197 - 1988 BMW 325i Convertible

Lot 197 - 1988 BMW 325i Convertible

Lot 197 - 1988 BMW 325i Convertible

Lot Number 197
Registration E170 MYU
Chassis Number WBABB320902265227
Engine Number 22476577
Odometer reading 22,429 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £25,000
Result Sold - £36,224
  • Totally original low mileage example
  • Only two owners from new
  • Superb service history

The BMW E30 3-series was first introduced in 1982, with the BMW built convertible version joining the line-up in 1988.  Unlike the bulky Baur roll cage E30 convertibles that preceded it, the BMW factory-built convertibles used a strengthened windscreen to provide a cleaner and more attractive design and distinctive roof down profile.  E30 convertibles manufactured between 1988 and early 1990 are considered the models to own as they were produced after the last major design update (1987 - often called ‘Series 2’) and before the final minor revision in late 1990 that moved away from chrome to colour coded bumpers and introduced a less desirable taillight configuration. BMW E30 3 series had a large variety of inline four and six-cylinder engine options.  The 325i was the most desirable of the mainstream production six-cylinder engine option, producing a distinctive and smooth purr.  The E30 is considered one of the car design icons of the 1980s.

Originally supplied by Cooper St. James in London and registered on 24th May 1988, this car changed hands to the second owner and current vendor on 14th December 1989. The time warp condition of this 325i really does need to be seen to be appreciated. The Malachite Green paintwork is unmarked and totally original as is the natural leather. The hood is original and the only slight blemish is a light ‘milkiness’ on the plastic rear window. The fastidious vendor has ensured whenever the hood was folded down, it was done correctly and patiently, hence there are no creases or marks. The 2494cc engine fired up immediately when requested and sounded delightful. We are advised by the vendor that she drives with no known faults. The original condition, together with the exceedingly low mileage of 22,429 and the impeccable service history make this a very desirable car. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with a current MoT test certificate and the original service books. There can be very few BMW 325i convertibles that could compete with this superb example.

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