1987 BMW E30 320i Coupé Automatic


  • Just 34,298 miles and four owners from new
  • Original bodywork reportedly never welded and still in fantastic condition
  • Accompanied by a substantial history file

The Appeal

There’s something rather pleasing about an original, unrestored classic with few miles on the odometer. A car loses something when it’s restored - even when it’s done really well and these survivors provide us with the closest possible experience to what they were like to own new.

This E30 3 Series looks and feels just right. It has a mere 34,298 miles under its belt, confirmed by a well documented MOT history. The bodywork is original, reportedly unwelded and only the nearside front wing has ever been repainted. Following a period in storage, the current owner has spent around £3,000 recommissioning the car which has included polybushing the suspension.

Offered with a substantial history file, MOT valid until March 2024 and in great driving order, this is a lovely example that’s not to be missed.

The History and Paperwork

  • Just three previous keepers
  • In present ownership since March 2023
  • MOT valid until March 2024
  • Retains its original book pack and service booklet
  • Original bill of sale from Millcars Ltd 
  • Collection of old tax discs and MOT certificates which support the low mileage 
  • Collection of invoices for parts and serving over the years
  • Recommissioned by the current owner following a period in dry storage

The Interior

  • Leather upholstery not original to the car
  • The seats are in very good order and the vendor reports them to be exceedingly comfortable
  • Blaupunkt Valencia retro-style modern stereo system
  • No signs of UV damage to the plastics or dash top
  • Slight patina to the dashboard in places, but certainly nothing excesive
  • All the original controls present well with minimal wear
  • Very smart carpeting
  • The boot space looks in great shape and is complete with factory tool kit
  • All the instruments read clearly and we understand all to be in full working order
  • Door trims and headlining in good order

The Exterior 

  • Gazelle Beige paintwork largely in excellent original order
  • The nearside front wing has been repainted in the past and matches quite well
  • Complete with period correct wheel trims which are in nice shape
  • High quality Continental tyres, all reportedly in good order having been replaced recently
  • Very straight bodywork which is original and reportedly never welded
  • Still looks to be immensely solid and straight underneath

The Mechanics 

  • 2.0-litre M20 straight-six with fuel injection
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Presents immensely well under the bonnet
  • Said to drive impeccably

We’re provided with the following recent maintenance history:

  • New timing belt, exhaust and thermostat fitted in 2014
  • New battery fitted in 2019
  • New fuel filter, ignition coil and radiator fitted in 2021
  • In 2023, all hoses, brake fluid, spark plugs, engine oil, coolant and gearbox oil were changed
  • In addition, the bushes were changed for poly items, the wheel alignment was reset, fuel system overhauled and power steering overhauled


Seldom does a UK supplied ‘80s saloon emerge in such incredible original condition. The E30 has experienced a resurgence in popularity during recent years and this 320i is amongst the finest original right-hand drive examples you’re likely to find. 

It benefits from copious expenditure in recent years which has ensured the car is as composed to drive as it ever was. With its incredibly low mileage and well documented history, this is the one you’ve been looking for…


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make BMW
  • Model 320i
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 34,298 Miles
  • Engine size 1990
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Brentford
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

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