1989 BMW E30 318i


  • Low mileage and tidy E30 
  • Three registered keepers
  • Solid and presentable light project 
  • Ideal modern classic or daily driver 

The Appeal 

This tidy E30 has recently been brought blinking into the light after 21 years of nearly continuous dry storage - since 2003 it only briefly emerged in 2017 for a family wedding. The result is a very solid and presentable car with remarkably low mileage and just three registered keepers.
As a virtual ‘barn find’ 318i it gives the buyer an interesting and light project with an entertaining and practical classic saloon to enjoy at the end of it. And that is certainly a prospect because the E30 was the ‘ultimate driving machine’ that set BMW on its journey to saloon car hegemony. Later 318s like this one got the more powerful version of the M40 engine, making them perfectly usable as daily drivers. This one’s auto box would make that task considerably more relaxing. 
The car is tidy and generally smart, only a few minor cosmetic marks to note inside and out, all likely easily remedied or lived with. It will need a fresh MOT but at 35 years old is fast approaching Historic Vehicle status. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 2nd August 1989 
  • Three registered keepers
  • Acquired by the previous owner on 16th August 1993 
  • Being sold as part of the deceased keeper’s estate
  • Used as a family car to 2003 when it was put into dry storage
  • Briefly recovered from dry storage for a family wedding in September 2017 
  • Tax, MOT’d and insured for the wedding then returned to dry storage
  • Car was last serviced in June 2017 for the wedding, including attention to rear brakes 
  • Some old paperwork including old V5, DVLA correspondence, invoices and MOTs
  • Last MOT expired 1st June 2018 with 72,541 miles showing and no advisories 
  • Now showing 73,126 miles 

The Condition

  • Tidy white 318i with appealing factory specification 
  • Some age-related marks to bodywork visible in photographs 
  • These include shallow dents to three panels 
  • Front and rear bumpers are also lightly scuffed
  • Fitted with optional alloy wheels in fair condition and older tyres with good tread
  • Offside rear indicator lens is cracked but other lights appear intact
  • Underside presents well with no issues to note on last MOT and few miles since 
  • We are told that all of the electrics work correctly 
  • Blue fabric interior with matching carpets and door cards
  • Original and unmodified interior with period-correct Blaupunkt Verona stereo fitted
  • Some wear inside to seat bases and carpets, particularly driver area, but not unsightly
  • Fitted with front and rear seatbelts
  • Supplied with partial factory tool kit in boot 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,796 cc fuel injected M40 4cyl VBMW engine 
  • Benefits form post-1987 power increase to 113bhp 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Vendor advises car has factory standard and unmodified mechanicals 
  • Rear brakes attended to in 2017
  • Last serviced in June 2017 
  • Car may benefit from a service, check over and tune up due to eight years dry storage
  • One headlamp dipped beam bulb requires replacement 
  • We are notified of no running or mechanical issues to report other than the advice above 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 73,126 Miles
  • Engine size 1796
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
30 bids
  • ho•••• £3,325 23/04/24
  • ro•••• £3,300 23/04/24
  • ho•••• £3,200 23/04/24
  • ro•••• £3,100 23/04/24
  • ho•••• £3,000 23/04/24
  • ch•••• £2,900 23/04/24
  • ro•••• £2,800 23/04/24
  • ch•••• £2,750 23/04/24
  • ch•••• £2,650 23/04/24
  • ja•••• £2,550 23/04/24
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