1991 BMW E30 325i


New Zealand Classic Car - - Editor’s Pick -

The BMW E30 was al­most an in­stant clas­sic, and this one is bet­ter than most. BMW was not mak­ing the M3 in right­hand drive at this stage, so the 325i was al­most as good as it could get in this part of the world in terms of BMW per­for­mance. BMW New Zealand did im­port some M Sport 325i ex­am­ples, but they still came with this model’s mo­tor — although they had a few M Sport up­grades in other ar­eas.

Noel, owner of this car, owned an iden­ti­cal ve­hi­cle from new for nine years, sold it, and then re­gret­ted sell­ing what he calls “the best car I had ever owned”. So, six years ago, he bought the ex­am­ple for sale here.

The 3 Series BMW four-door sedan was pro­duced from 1975 un­til 1991, which makes this one among the last ever made to come to New Zealand.

The E30 series was avail­able across its life with mo­tors of four and six cylin­ders, pro­duc­ing from 67kw to the 125kw of this 325i ex­am­ple. They are pop­u­lar around the world, and spe­cial classes of unique brand com­pe­ti­tion still ex­ist for them in this coun­try, in Aus­tralia, and in the US.

The six-cylin­der 2.5-litre mo­tor is one of the smoothest six-cylin­der power units ever made, and it pro­duces a very Ger­manic ver­sion of 125kw that is well man­nered, gen­uine, and thor­ough­bred.

This New Zealand–new car is in ex­cel­lent orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and looks stun­ning in red. It is one of the last of the fa­mous E30 SE mod­els, and is beau­ti­ful to drive, with its smooth 2.5-litre, six-cylin­der power to weight ra­tio, Sport Au­to­matic Trans­mis­sion, and its ride and han­dling. Be­ing the SE model, it has ABS, an on­board com­puter, an elec­tric twoway tilt-and-slide roof, and elec­tric win­dows and mir­rors.

The car is garaged and has been ser­viced each year, with ser­vice records avail­able. The cam belt, wa­ter pump, front shocks, and spark plugs were re­placed at 128,000km, with a new fuel pump and bat­tery in­stalled this year. For the past six years, the car has been owned, ser­viced, and well looked af­ter by a fas­tid­i­ous me­chanic. It has now trav­elled 155,000km.

This im­mac­u­late ex­am­ple is of­fered for sale at $15K.

For more de­tails, or to own this car, call Noel on 0274 458 921.

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