BMW 318i Con­vert­ible

ENGINE 1796cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 113bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 120lb ft@4250rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 115mph 0-60MPH 11.4sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 36-34mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 131,970 miles

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This E30 de­liv­ers sharp han­dling and re­spon­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion with no coughs or hes­i­ta­tion and rel­a­tively lit­tle scut­tle shake. Changes through the five-speed man­ual gear­box are in­stinc­tive and fluid. The steer­ing is light yet pre­cise and the brakes per­form strongly, with no pulling to ei­ther side. The sus­pen­sion gives a com­fort­able ride even on rough road sur­faces and gen­er­ates no rat­tles or ex­ces­sive vi­bra­tions. The engine’s smooth-revving na­ture sug­gests that it’s in good health.


The body is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, hav­ing ben­e­fit­ted from a thor­ough restora­tion a few years back. The wheel arches, sills, door edges and un­der­side are de­void of rust. There’s a slight or­ange peel ef­fect on the front bumper – sug­gest­ing that this sec­tion may have been re-sprayed at some point – and some bub­bling ev­i­dent on top of the driver’s door mir­ror, but the Alpine White paint is re­fresh­ingly chip- and scratch-free. The dark blue hood ap­pears wa­ter-tight, op­er­at­ing eas­ily and fit­ting per­fectly. The bon­net badge is slightly faded but the black plas­tic trim is in A1 con­di­tion all round, as are the 15in BBS crossspoke al­loy wheels.


The black dash­board looks fresh, as do the M-Tech steer­ing wheel and leather gear­knob, which add a touch of sporti­ness to the in­te­rior. The speedome­ter, rev counter and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and fuel gauges func­tion per­fectly, as do the ana­logue clock, orig­i­nal BMW ra­dio/CD player and elec­tric win­dows and door mir­rors. The smart blue/ grey tar­tan check seats are sup­port­ive and com­fort­able, the dark blue car­pets and leather door­cards in per­fect shape and the boot is clean and comes with a tool­kit in­cor­po­rated into the floor, along with a spare wheel.


The 1796cc four-cylin­der engine starts in­stantly and the re­cently fit­ted ex­haust sys­tem looks and sounds spot-on. All pipes are com­plete and fluid lev­els sit at their max­i­mum lev­els. A new clutch, sump gas­ket, tim­ing belt, front brake pipes and man­i­fold gas­kets were fit­ted dur­ing the E30’s ren­o­va­tion in 2013, with a new ra­di­a­tor fol­low­ing in 2014. All wiring ap­pears to be in good or­der and the lights, wipers, in­di­ca­tors and heater all func­tion as they should. A com­plete and com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice his­tory file sup­ports the car’s over­all con­di­tion.


This E30 is a smart, en­ter­tain­ing and af­ford­able driver’s ma­chine. Hav­ing body and me­chan­i­cal restora­tion work com­pleted within the last four years is re­as­sur­ing and it’s in­creas­ingly rare to find such orig­i­nal­ity in­side and out on an E30. The ask­ing price seems fair, too.

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