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Lot 041: BMW 320i Cabriolet E30

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

The superb E30 series of BMW compact saloons and coupes ran from 1982 until 1994 and, in many enthusiasts eyes, were the last of the real driver-focused models before BMW followed its rivals by making increasingly heavy and desensitised machines which may have been faster and plusher, but had also 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 nicer models in the E30 line up was the 320i Convertible, launched in 1985. This was powered by a fabulously smooth and quick-revving 2.0-litre straight-six that produced 127bhp. Driving through a 5-speed Getrag manual gearbox, it could launch the car to 60mph in 9.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 127mph. It was the car to have in the late Eighties and good ones are now increasingly sought after. This 1988 example was purchased by the vendor when just 12 months old and has been used sparingly since. MOTs show that by 1998 it had covered less than 50,000 miles, the odometer having climbed to 85,000 miles by the time of cataloguing. Recently fitted with a new mohair top, the whole car is in good condition and is MOTd until February 2013.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number041
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1800
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1988
Condition rating
Registration numberF200 PAB
Mileage-
Chassis numberWBABA320X02255230
Engine number23744374
Engine capacity (cc)1991
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2