Brought to the market as an entry-level luxury car, the E30 chassis spanned twelve years of production. Replacing the E21 in 1982 and overlapping its successor, the E36 (introduced in 1990), by four years.
Early models featured the 4-pot M10 and straight-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 was replaced by the M40 engine, again utilising Motronic. The chrome bumpers were also replaced with black or coloured ones in late 1989, with the rear light clusters also made slightly bigger during this minor facelift. E30s are now referred to as pre-facelift (chrome bumpers) or facelift (plastic bumpers).
The E30 boasted a spacious cabin and a light curb weight. This was due to the suspension design that utilised 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, with early E30s being converted by Baur, a coachbuilder located in Stuttgart. 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, which helped to reduce flex or twist in the chassis after removing the metal roof.
Macao Blue Metallic paintwork, Silver ‘Bubble’ leather, Electric-folding soft-top, M-Technic II bodykit, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, M-Technic suspension, Shadow line exterior trim, 4-Speed automatic transmission with 3 drive modes, Windscreen with anti-glare-strip, Green heat-insulated glass, Hardtop preparation, On-board computer.
This family-owned from new Motorsport has lived a cherished life and has always been garaged. All of the panels are original and free from any corrosion damage. Over the years the car had picked up a few stone chips and marks, so in 2019 it was treated to a full strip down and repaint at the BMW main dealer in Worthing. The quality of the paint job really is exceptional and the car now looks close to how it did back in 1990! Where it’s lived a sheltered indoor life all external trims and seals are excellent, and almost all of the clips and bolts have been replaced. The electric hood is original and still in very nice condition with only one wear mark over the driver’s door.