1987 BMW 325i (E30)

** Vehicle re-listed due to buyers remorse **


  • Well preserved, highly original
  • Exceptionally clean interior
  • Just over 66 thousand indicated miles on the clock

The Appeal

The E30 generation BMW 3 series was an incredibly important model for the marque, perhaps even their most important. The all new, restyled, solidly engineered model cemented the brand as the leaders in the higher end saloon car market, a title which the brand arguably still holds to this day. To put it simply, the E30 was miles ahead of any of its competitors.

Whilst great in all variants, those looking for a truly great driving experience will find that the 325 E30 is one of the best of the bunch, courtesy of its now legendary straight six engine. Smooth, refined and paired with an incredibly dynamic chassis, the 325 was and still is a true drivers car, and as such good quality examples are becoming thin on the ground, with many being hidden away in private collections or as investments. 

What we have here is a truly great opportunity for someone looking to get into E30 ownership, this 1987 325i is a highly original exceptionally well preserved example of the coveted model and will undoubtedly make a great addition to any buyer's garage.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 17/11/1987
  • Originally a Guernsey car, where it has spent the majority of its life
  • Registered in England in late 2022
  • Accompanied by a small selection of invoices for servicing and maintenance work undertaken by an independent garage during the car’s time in Guernsey
  • Invoice for work undertaken by Jacksons BMW - Channel Islands
  • MOT certificate highlighting current MOT valid until November 2023
  • V5 registration document present with the vehicle

The Interior

  • Exceptionally well preserved interior space
  • Must surely be one of the finest E30 interiors on the market today
  • Good quality seating front and rear with excellent upholstery throughout
  • Very little if anything to be seen in the way of wear, tarnishing or damage throughout the cabin
  • Four good quality door panels, well upholstered with neat and clean door furniture
  • Factory sunroof which does work however there are signs of corrosion to be seen in the sunroof surround
  • Plush carpeting still rich in colour
  • Impeccable dashboard which appears to be free from the plastic cracking which affects many E30s
  • Very original example, down to factory radio and switchgear clustered in the centre panel, all reported to be in good functioning form
  • Rear window blind
  • Clean, unmarked rear parcel shelf
  • Carpeted boot area, in equally clean shape
  • Working factory electric windows
  • Steering wheel, trim panels and switchgear highlight vastly limited signs of use, much like the entirety of the cabin, these are in an excellent state of preservation

The Exterior

  • Iconic, quintessentially 1980s exterior styling
  • Good straight honest example from an aesthetic perspective
  • Paint is in good shape, this is not a concours car and does show some age related marks and blemishing however it is an entirely well presented example
  • Four great 14” BMW alloy wheels, all in good order
  • Some damage to the front valance below the number plate
  • Exterior plastics and trim in good order with, minor scuffing on the bumper corners
  • Some small areas of surface rust and patina seen notably around the sunroof and front grille
  • Legendary twin headlight front grille, in good clean shape
  • Rear boot lip spoiler
  • Sills are wheel arches appear solid and of a good quality

The Mechanics

  • As this is a 325i, we find it fitted with the legendary 2.5 litre straight six engine
  • Refined, reliable with a great deal of power when needed
  • A great dynamic drivers car, incredibly well balanced
  • Current owner reports a good driving experience from the car however has advised that there is sometimes an intermittent misfire when driving
  • Good smooth automatic gearbox, ideal for longer distances and motorway driving


In a world where most modern day saloons are awash with computer controlled everything and driver assist galore, the E30 3 series is delightful and refreshing. 

A genuinely raw driving experience, the 325i packs a punch courtesy of its six cylinder driveline and excellent chassis, and boasts classic 1980s styling you can't help but love. It really does make an ideal candidate for a quirky daily driver but equally lends itself to being preserved as part of a specialist collection.

This well preserved 325 is a wonderful example of the model and presents in exceptionally original form. With an impeccable interior and great aesthetics, this is one that with some light TLC is ready to be enjoyed by a new loving owner.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make BMW
  • Model 325i (E30)
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 66,485 Miles
  • Engine size 2495
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Tyneside
  • Location Tyne and Wear
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 5 bidders
  • MB•••• £6,700 26/03/23
  • Ni•••• £6,600 24/03/23
  • st•••• £6,500 21/03/23
  • be•••• £6,400 21/03/23
  • st•••• £6,300 21/03/23
  • be•••• £6,200 21/03/23
  • st•••• £6,100 21/03/23
  • be•••• £6,000 21/03/23
  • st•••• £5,900 21/03/23
  • be•••• £5,800 21/03/23

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