1986 BMW 318i (E30)


  • Exceptionally low mileage: Only 25,667 miles from new
  • Two owners from new
  • Comprehensive service history with all invoices and receipts

The Appeal

The 1986 BMW 318i offers an intoxicating mix of classic German engineering and fantastic 80’s styling. The E30 generation of BMW 3 Series is celebrated for its understated style and near-perfect balance between performance and comfort. The one you're looking at is draped in a striking shade of red that seems to amplify its 80s charm. From the iconic kidney grille to the crisp lines that define its profile, this 318i captures a moment in automotive history when simplicity met performance in a package that still turns heads today.

As for the driving experience, the 1,766cc engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox is a joy to operate, blending agility with ample power. The engine sounds just as good as it performs, providing a resonant, mechanical symphony that car aficionados live for. With its low mileage, the car feels remarkably spry and energetic, as if it's been waiting for just the right owner to fully exploit its capabilities. 

From the driver's seat, the horizon beckons enticingly, inviting you to explore not just the road ahead but also the car's rich history and heritage. With an exceptionally low mileage, this is more akin to a new car than one that is almost 40 years old. A truly exceptional opportunity to see what made the E30 generation so special.

The History and Paperwork

  • Two owners from new
  • V5 Present and correct
  • Full service history with all receipts, services, all previous MOTs and tax discs from new
  • MOT valid until April 2024
  • Serviced at 24,542 miles
  • Original owners manuals 

The Interior

  • All-original including the Blaupunkt tape/stereo
  • Upholstery in excellent condition with minor signs of wear on the driver's seat
  • A small hole in the passenger seat base
  • Dash in excellent condition, free of cracks or fading
  • Authentic 80s styling intact
  • Gauges and instruments all functioning properly
  • Original steering wheel, showing minimal wear
  • Door cards and trims in excellent condition
  • Carpeting in excellent condition

The Exterior

  • Striking red paintwork in good condition
  • Original paint throughout the vehicle
  • Some minor scuffing and stone chips present 
  • Slight bends in rear and front bumper, but these do not detract from the overall superb presentation
  • Dealership-upgraded wheels in excellent condition
  • Chrome accents and brightwork in good state
  • Mirrors and exterior fittings are tight and securely mounted
  • Glass and lenses are clean, clear, and free of cracks
  • Original aerial snapped but easily replaceable
  • Vehicle stored indoors, preserving the integrity of the exterior components

The Mechanics

  • 1,766cc engine starts easily and runs smoothly
  • 5-speed manual gearbox shifts effortlessly
  • Last service at 24,542 miles
  • Underside in superb condition
  • Engine and engine bay is in excellent condition
  • All fluids checked and topped off during the last service
  • Electrical systems, including lights and indicators, function correctly
  • The owner reports that it drives very well, accelerating easily, shifting smoothly and stopping quickly


This 1986 BMW 318i is a magnificent example of why the E30 generation has become a collector's favourite. With its striking red exterior, all-original, superbly maintained interior, and impressively low mileage, this two-owner classic offers both the tactile joy of driving and the satisfaction of owning a piece of automotive history. 

The robust documentation confirms its well-pampered life, making this an irresistible opportunity for the discerning collector or enthusiast. If you're looking to experience the epitome of 80s driving pleasure, this BMW 318i offers a compelling case.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series 318i
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 25,667 Miles
  • Engine size 1766
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bridgwater
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
26 bids
  • Lo•••• £11,000 21/09/23
  • st•••• £10,750 21/09/23
  • Lo•••• £10,500 21/09/23
  • st•••• £10,250 21/09/23
  • Lo•••• £10,000 21/09/23
  • st•••• £9,750 21/09/23
  • Lo•••• £9,500 21/09/23
  • st•••• £9,300 21/09/23
  • Lo•••• £9,177 21/09/23
  • st•••• £8,850 21/09/23

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