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1984 BMW (E30) 323i

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This BMW 323i is a usable and well-presented example of the E30 model, which is reported to be driving well, and which also boasts a superb interior. Under the bonnet is a 2.3-litre M20 straight-six, producing around 137bhp, coupled to an automatic transmission. The odometer indicates just 56,000 miles.

First registered in April 1984, this 323i has just two previous registered keepers on the log book. The current owner acquired the car three-and-a-half years ago.

Its Alpine White paintwork is believed to be original, and today it presents in generally good order. There is some surface rust visible on the bodywork in a few places, some bubbling ahead of the nearside front wheel arch, and a blemish under the front bumper. There are two small stone chips on the bonnet, and a few other minor marks around the front end. These would be easy areas for improvement in the future, but overall it appears to be a highly original and presentable car. It rides on the 14-inch ‘bottle top’ alloy wheels, which are in superb condition, with a few very small chips but no kerbing damage.

In the cabin, the dark blue leather is described by the vendor as being in excellent condition. The seat bolsters are free of any heavy wear, and there are just a few minor marks on the trim that are visible in the photo gallery. The three-spoke steering wheel and gear lever are in good order, as are all of the buttons and switches on the dashboard. There is a period-correct Blaupunkt radio cassette deck mounted in the centre console, and it is equipped with a retractable sunroof. The vendor reports no electrical defects or warning lights.

Its last scheduled maintenance was in July 2020 at BMW specialist The Workshop in Leeds. This comprised a standard oil and filter service. In August 2019, minor faults in the instrument cluster were attended to, and in June 2018 a new steering lock housing was installed.

The most recent MOT test was on 15 September 2020 at 57,137 miles, when it achieved a first-time pass with no advisories. Its wheels are shod in matching Firestone tyres, which are date-coded to 2017 and have plenty of tread remaining.

Accompanying the car is an owner’s handbook, as well as all invoices for the current ownership, plus some history from BMW specialist Hexagon prior to his purchase. A complete and original tool kit is also safely stored in the panel under the bootlid, and the spare wheel and first aid kit are also present.

This BMW 323i is a smart low-ownership example of the handsome E30 generation model, which boasts an attractive colour scheme and robust mechanicals. While there are some minor blemishes that could be attended to in due course, this is a perfectly usable modern classic as-is, ready for use as an occasional weekend car, or even a characterful daily driver.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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