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Compact, rear-wheel drive saloons were in short supply in the 1980s and consequently, the E30 quickly stood out as something special, being lightweight, refined, and offering unparalleled driving pleasure. The range-topping M3 is now rightly one of the most sought-after sports cars of the last 30 years and can command in excess of £100,000.
With the success of the M3, BMW capitalised on the demand for more sporting E30s, and in 1986 gave the market the 325i Sport, a 2-door only model with numerous M-Tech upgrades from BMW's Motorsport Division. These included an M Technic body-kit and boot spoiler, Anthracite headlining (unique to the 325i Sport), a limited-slip differential, M Technic suspension (15mm lower springs and Boge M Technic shock absorbers) and a 5-speed ZF close-ratio gearbox. The car is powered by the legendary M20 2494cc straight-six engine giving 171bhp and 164 lb-ft of torque, good for 132 mph and 0-62 mph time of 9.9 seconds, decently quick but it's really the whole driving experience that impresses so much.
There were two generations of the 325i Sport, commonly referred to as a Tech-1 (September 1986 - August 1987; pre-facelift model) followed, not surprisingly, by the Tech-2 (facelift model).
The car presented here is a UK-supplied right hand drive 1991 BMW E30 325i Sport (Tech-2) which was first registered on 12th June 1991 having been sold by Millcars (BMW) of Hampstead finished in special order (1991 only) Granitsilber Metallic (Granite Silver; paint code 272).
One of the last ‘Sport’ examples ever produced, this incredibly original car has covered a fully verifiable 6,794 miles with just two previous keepers from new and is accompanied by a full book-pack, original paperwork and a comprehensive history file. This extraordinary car has been preserved in such a rare unmolested condition, it is surely one of the best, low mileage examples out there. Coming from our private vendor who bought the car back in 2007 at 5,200 miles, it has been stored well and regularly run-up and serviced. It really is as good as in the photographs and would be the perfect fit for any enthusiast or collector.
(The car wears its correct, original and immaculate BMW cross-spoke alloys wheels, but will come with a set of now extremely rare and sought-after original in-period Alpina alloy wheels, which the first owner specified and preferred.)