Untouched Champagne: 1987 BMW E30 325iC 5-speed – SOLD!
April 2nd Update: when we first featured this champagne E30 convertible back on November 7th, we thought the great autumn scene used as the backdrop for the listing combined with what appears to be an unmolested example properly priced would see a quick sale. This time we were proven wrong as the same private seller has a fresh listing using the same pictures but with the price lowered $200 to $6,500. We’ve updated the information and links below. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s is a RADwood eligible 1987 BMW E30 325iC 5-speed posted on Craigslist in Somers, New York where the current caretaker is now asking $6,500 for it. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool indicates the private seller has their BMW smartly priced less than halfway between the #3 “Good” level of $12,100 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $4,300. We note that Hagerty increased those estimates by several hundred dollars in just the past few months as these E30s continue to grow in popularity, especially unmolested 5-speed examples such as this one.
BMW produced the second generation E30 Three-Series from 1982 through 1994 with factory-built, four-seat convertibles offered starting in 1985. The E30 is the sports sedan that the automotive community set as the bar for steering feel and handling prowess. E30s are so highly regarded by enthusiasts it’s becoming very rare to find examples that haven’t been ravaged by a tuner or two. Consequently, this example appealed to us as it has the much more desirable 5-speed manual transmission connected to the wonderful 2.5-liter inline-six that appears to be bone stock.
The current caretaker indicates their E30 has no rust, the convertible top is in “great condition,” and “everything works as it should.” Most importantly the timing belt was replaced only 10K miles ago and the tires have traveled 7K of those. You’ll need to interview Jon a bit more to confirm whether he has the receipt to prove another critical service has been performed.
With only 112K original miles, if the seller can provide a well-documented service history for his Bimmer, you’ll be buying a nice example of an E30 that is RADwood eligible that will be a joy to drive to the event. We hope the next caretaker goes that route and doesn’t do anything to modify their new E30. Either way, they choose, we wish them good luck with the purchase!
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