1997 BMW E36 328i Convertible

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  • Very low documented mileage of under 47,000 miles 
  • Long MOT to April 2025 with no advisories 
  • Desirable specification with M52 2.8 190bhp engine 
  • Appealing Calypso-Rot paint with Sand Beige leather 
  • Recent new fabric hood 
  • Only four registered keepers 
  • Well kept 4 seater convertible in great condition 

The Appeal 

Spinning a four seater convertible out of the E36 architecture created one of the best four seater drop tops of the 90s. These cars were carefully engineered to deliver BMW’s ‘ultimate driving machine’ goal. 
Today these cars make great weekend classics, being both practical and spacious and entertaining. Particularly, as here, when equipped with the firm’s highly regarded M52 straight six 190bhp 2.8litre engine. As the convertible is more suited to relax motoring this lovely example mates that power to a smooth 5spd automatic. 
It is a very low mileage car that has clearly been looked after. Inspect the Calypso-Rot paintwork, bodywork and Sand Beige leather interior and you will find few signs of its 27 years. A recent new folding roof adds to the appeal. 
A long, advisory-free MOT to April 2025 underlines the impression of a well sorted, well presented car that is ready for warm summer days.  

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 27th January 1997
  • Factory built in December 1996 
  • Only four registered keepers from new 
  • Previous registered keeper since March 2000 
  • Current keeper since November 2021
  • Only for sale due to lack of use 
  • 2 key fobs 
  • Factory handbooks in good condition 
  • V5C in seller’s name 
  • HPI clear 
  • MOT to 18th April 2025 with no advisories and 46,615 miles showing on test 
  • Regular but very sparing use since 2005 with only 5,000 miles covered
  • Now showing 46,628 miles 

The Condition

  • Attractive car with original Calypso-Rot burgundy metallic paintwork 
  • Paintwork in good order with only light signs of use and age 
  • Bodywork similarly well kept with straight panels, no known accident damage 
  • Due to the age and originality buyers should anticipate some patination 
  • Factory standard car including 15in multi-spoke alloy wheels 
  • Alloy wheels and matching spare in good order with few marks
  • All tyres have at least 6 mm of tread and the spare tyre is a brand new Falken on a matching alloy rim
  • Recently fitted black fabric roof in good condition with clear rear screen and no visible damage but it may need some adjustments
  • Exterior fittings including lights, trim and glasswork are well presented
  • Very well kept Sand Beige leather interior with barely any wear visible 
  • Practical four seater layout with front and rear seatbelts
  • High specification includes parking sensors, climate control and trip computer
  • Period radio cassette system with CD multichanger in boot
  • Cabin switchgear and fittings in very good order throughout 
  • First aid kit and tool kit present and in very good condition 
  • No structural advisories on current MOT 

The Mechanics 

  • M52 2,793cc straight six 190bhp engine 
  • 5spd automatic gearbox with Sport mode functionality 
  • Very clean and tidy engine bay 
  • Documented low mileage 
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 
  • Regularly but sparingly used in recent years
  • No reported running or driving issues to advise 

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The seller is registered as a private seller which means consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not come into effect. However, you are still covered by Car & Classic’s own Terms and Conditions.. 
We request that a non-refundable fee  be paid if you are the lucky winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted Please refer to our helpful FAQs and T&Cs for specific rates. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
We want a smooth transaction just as much as you do and as such we run all UK-registered cars and motorbikes for sale on Car & Classic through an online HPI check to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing, allowing you to bid with confidence. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1997
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 46,628 Miles
  • Engine size 2793
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Kingsbridge
  • County Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
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