1990 BMW 320i (E30)

Highlights

  • Stunning E30 with just 16,000 genuine miles from new
  • Garage-stored for over 20 years
  • Service history and original manuals
  • Completely unspoilt and immaculate

The Appeal

 
Some cars are special for what they are and some are special because of their story. And just occasionally, a car can be special for both. 

Take this BMW E30 as an example. Already one of the most iconic cars of its era, the E30 is an enduring legend. But this one is very special indeed. It was bought by its most recent keeper in 2000 with just 15,000 miles on the clock. He used it for a few months in and around London, then took on a work contract in the USA. He hasn’t been home since, and the BMW sat in a private garage in Middlesex until a couple of months ago when it was found and recommissioned. 

As far as enduring designs go, the BMW E30 3-Series has to be up there among the elite. Stylish and desirable no matter what the body style, the agonisingly pretty E30 is one of the Bavarian firm’s most recognisable icons, as well as an increasing popular choice of classic.  

Introduced in 1983 as the replacement for the E21 3-Series, the new model was wider, squarer and perfectly proportioned. It was a triumph of simplicity over excess and a wonderful piece of automotive styling, which has widely (and deservedly) become regarded as one of BMW’s all-time classics. 

The difficulty today, though, is finding a good one and this one is categorically as good as you’ll find. A completely unmolested and preserved example, it has been recommissioned by the vendor and is a superb car, presented in beautifully preserved and totally unrestored condition. There won’t be another quite like it…

 

 
 

The History and Paperwork
 

  • UK V5C
  • MOT April 2025, passed with no advisories
  • Original book pack and documents
  • Service book 
  • Original ownership details and supplying dealer information in front of service book
  • Limited service history up to 2000 – the car hasn’t been used since but has been completely recommissioned and serviced ready for its new owner with new tyres, battery and filters
  • Original paperwork includes BMW “aerial cleaning wipe”
  • Original glovebox torch

 
 

The Condition

  • Completely original Atlantis Blue paintwork, never painted or restored
  • Smart factory alloys in superb overall order with one centre cap in need of replacement
  • Appears structurally sound underneath – no corrosion advisories on recent MOT 
  • Stunning -looking car in completely unrestored condition
  • Beige velour upholstery in near-perfect overall condition
  • No bolster and seat base wear commonly seen in E30s
  • Electric windows 
  • Electric sunroof in perfect working order 
  • Original toolkit, jack, first aid kit and spare wheel
  • No cracks at all in dashboard
  • Original radio cassette
  • Roof mounted trip computer – fully functional
  • Smart headlining
  • Amazing preserved condition inside and out with no major flaws
  • One small scuff on nearside front bumper corner
  • Even the hinges and door shuts are in flawless condition

 
 

The Mechanics

  • 2.0-litre straight six
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Genuine 16k mileage 
  • Said by the vendor to drive very well indeed with no known faults or declared issues – like a superb low mileage car should be

 
 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1990
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 16,046 Miles
  • Engine size 1990
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town London Colney
  • County London
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
25 Bids
  • pa•••• £14,250 14/05/24
  • Hu•••• £14,000 14/05/24
  • pa•••• £13,750 14/05/24
  • Hu•••• £13,500 14/05/24
  • pa•••• £13,250 14/05/24
  • Hu•••• £13,000 14/05/24
  • pa•••• £12,750 14/05/24
  • Hu•••• £12,500 14/05/24
  • pa•••• £12,250 14/05/24
  • Hu•••• £12,000 14/05/24

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