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BMW: Classic and performance range review

BMW: Classic and performance range review Classic and Performance Car
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With a deserved reputation for producing some of the greatest performance cars of all time, BMW has produced a diverse range of sporting machinery thoughout its history, and today most are considered highly desirable and collectable machinery.
 
From its initial role as an aviation engine manufacturer during the First World War, BMW later moved on to motorcycle production. It wasn’t until 1928, when it acquired the Automobilwerk Eisenach firm, that BMW produced its first car: the Austin 7-derived Dixi 3/15PS. In the following 90 years, the firm has produced a wealth of fascinating models - many which have helped BMW develop a reputation for producing some magnificent performance models.
 
It isn’t just out-and-out sports cars which fill its back catalogue though – as BMW celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016, there’s an enormously varied history to the Munich-based marque.
 
Buying a classic BMW
 
BMW’s extensive and diverse background means that classic models range in value from the entirely affordable to beyond the reach of all but the most wealthy collectors. 
 
Modern classics like the E30 3 Series can be bagged for just a couple of grand, and well-looked after examples should present a reasonably safe investment. The distinctive shark-nosed 6 Series perhaps typifies the Eighties BMW better than any other, and high-milers are generally offered for between £10-£15,000. The Z1 roadster, thanks to its angular styling, low production numbers and unique touches like doors which electrically recede into the sills, is a guaranteed future classic. Aside from one or two unique parts (such as the door mechanisms and the exhaust back box) many components are derived from the E30 325i, so spares are readily available.
 
Moving further into BMW’s past, the Isetta microcar offers a quirky yet utterly charming way into classic ownership. Prices range from £15-£30,000 depending on condition, while running costs, thanks to the motorcycle-derived 250cc four-stroke single, are as miniscule as the car itself.
 
It’s two of BMW’s rarest and most beautiful open top models which are among the most valuable today. The pre-war 328 Roadster fetches well into six figures on the rare occasions that one of the 464 examples appear for sale, while the two-seater 507 attracts the greater numbers still. At a January 2015 auction held by Gooding and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, a 1959 example of the two-seater fetched £1.2million. A more modern roadster, the Z8, is perhaps best known for its appearance as a Bond car in the movie The World is Not Enough. Sales were slow on its 1999 release thanks to high prices, but today values have risen well above the original asking price.
 
Two iconic performance sedans, the 2002 Turbo and the 3.0 CSL, set the tone for small performance BMWs for decades to come. Their great significance in influencing the future direction of the brand means that the best examples of the former are nudging towards £100,000, while the CSL has long since passed that mark.
 
Buying a performance BMW
 
While the 2002 Turbo hinted at future sporting BMWs, it was the M1 supercar that really kicked the firm's modern performance car reputation into action – the most driver-focussed BMWs have carried the Motorsport badge ever since. The 272bhp produced by the M1’s 3.5-litre straight-six eclipsed the 252bhp output of its contemporary Ferrari rival, the 308 GTB, endowing the M1 with genuine supercar pace. Only 399 road-going variants of the mid-engined coupe were produced, and the finest examples carry guide prices as high as £700,000 at auction.
 
The M1 spawned performance variants of more mainstream models, with a variation of its M88 engine finding its way into the first BMW M5. Further pumped up executive saloons followed, with the 4.0-litre V8 of the E39 and the sublime 500bhp V10 of the E60 particular highlights. The current M5 is running a twin-turbo V8, and is a seriously fast machine. While it’s reaching the end of its life, it still represents one of the most driver-oriented super saloons, and is in many ways one of the easiest to live with M cars. 
 
It’s the smaller M3, however, which frequently gains the limelight in BMW’s history. To date, the badge has appeared on five generations of the 3 Series, with the original E30 the most sought-after by collectors. Its motorsport heritage is impeccable, with the M3 scooping two BTCC titles, two DTM championship victories, a World Touring car crown, and multiple victories at the Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hour events. Even high mileage examples command values of £30,000 today, with the best worth three times as much. The values of later M3s are sure to follow the rise of the E30, particularly limited-run models like the E46 CSL and the E92 GTS. 
 
The current M3 is offered in saloon form only, and represents a return to straight-six power – albeit with forced induction. For two doors, you’ll have to look at the M4. In what some would call a marketing exercise, the 3 Series Coupe of old was given an all-new 4 Series tag, filling the numerical gap in BMW’s range. Under the skin, the M4 is largely the same as the M3.
 
More recently, BMW has been praised for the return to its small sporting saloon roots, offering the M135i and M235i. These two entry-level performance offerings are actually hugely capable, fun as well as very affordable. Sitting above this in the current range is the new M2, which is a serious little performance machine. It’s the spiritual successor to the much more limited production 1M Coupe, and its wide-arched, short wheelbase styling is seriously purposeful. 
 
Summary
 
Beyond the usual classic car checkpoints, there are one or two BMW specifics to look out for depending on the era in which it was built. Check out the individual buying guides for more specific details. Many nineties models, for example, are prone to rust, and many six-cylinder units are blighted by faulty mass airflow sensors, resulting in lumpy running and a restricted ability to breathe at high revs. Early-2000s models are known to suffer from electrical faults, too. Beyond those minor niggles, engines and transmissions tend to be bulletproof, as long as they’re maintained correctly.
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Last updated: 27th Jul 2016
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  • BMW M3

    £14,995 £14,995

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    • Mileage: 46000 mi
    • Engine size: 3246
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  • BMW M5

    £16,993 £16,993

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    • Mileage: 80000 mi
    • Engine size: 5000
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  • BMW 7 SERIES 730LD SE 2011

    £13,798 £13,798

    PRICED TO CLEAR!! Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Black Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Good, BLACK, Experian auto check clear, GBP 13,798 p/x welcome.;;Glass Sunroof Electric Tilt/Slide, DAB Digital Radio, Seat Heating For Driver/Front Passenger, USB Audio Interface, Sun Protection Glass, Ash-Grain Fine Wood Interior Trim/High Gloss, Navigation System - BMW Professional Multimedia, Air Conditioning, Automatic with Four - Zone Control, Cruise Control with Brake Function, Park Distance Control (PDC), Front and Rear, 18in Light Alloy Star - Spoke Style 234 Wheels with Run - Flat Tyres and Locking Wheel Bolts, Alarm System (Thatcham 1) with Remote Control, Alloy Wheels 18in Light Star Spoke 234, BMW Professional Radio with Single CD Player (with MP3 Playback Facility) and Auxiliary Input Point for Auxiliary Playing Devices, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation with Telematics, Dakota Leather Upholstery, Electric Windows - Front and Rear, with Open/Close Fingertip Control, Anti - Trap Facility and Comfort Closing Function All Round, Metallic Paintwork, On-Board Computer (OBC), Rain Sensor, Seat Adjustment - Front, Electric with Driver Memory, Tyre Puncture Warning System (TPWS)

    • Mileage: 90000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.993
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  • BMW 3 SERIES 330I SE 2007

    £7,286 £7,286

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    • Mileage: 60000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.996
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  • BMW Z4

    £14,895 £14,895

    Heated Seats, BMW Professional Hi-Fi, Electric retractable hard top, Parking Sensors, Full Leather Personalised ' Zed' Numberplate Included! Great Factory Specification in Fantastic Condition, Upgrades - Navigation System - BMW Professional Multimedia, Loudspeaker System - BMW Professional, Pure White Exclusive Design Package 30i, Sports Seats, Seat Heating, Wind Deflector, Windscreen with Grey Shade Band, Fineline Anthracite Interior Wood Trim,High-Gloss, DAB Digital Radio, Alloy Wheels - 18in V Spoke Style 294, USB Audio Interface, 3 months warranty, Last serviced on 04/02/2016 at 27,632 miles, White Full leather interior, Standard Features - Air-Conditioning (Automatic), Kansas Leather Upholstery, 17in Light Alloy Star-Spoke Style 290, Rain Sensor with Automatic Headlamp Activation, Upholstery Leather, Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (17in), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Computer (Driver Information System), Rain Sensor. 2 seats, Black, FINANCE PACKAGES - With a number of lenders on board we are able to offer packages to suit individual circumstances, including Sub Prime. HPI CLEAR - All vehicles are provided with full HPI reports. WARRANTY - At Velvis Cars we provide every vehicle with a standard 3 month warranty through Auto Protect. An upgraded 6 month warranty, or wear and tear policies over 6 and 12 months are also available on request. Call or Text up to 10pm. 7 days a week. Please call James, Tom or Andrew to arrange a viewing

    • Mileage: 31000 mi
    • Engine size: 2996
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  • BMW 4 Series

    £24,990 £24,990

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    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    • Engine size: 1995
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  • BMW M4

    £43,000 £43,000

    Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Voice Control, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, DAB Digital Radio, Headlamp Jetwash, Xenon Headlamps, Powered Folding Mirrors, Lumbar Adjustment, Anthracite Headlining, Front Centre Armrest, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, M Sport Bodykit, M Sport Alloys, Sports Seats, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Push Button Start, Metallic Paintwork, I Drive System, Auto Lighting, Electric Seats, USB Interface, Auxiliary In, MP3 Player, Isofix, ABS, Air Bag, Radio, Stereo, Alarm, Immobiliser, Side Air Bags, Traction Control, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Electric Front Windows, Trip Computer, Stability Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Automatic Electric Windows, Head Restraints, Anti-Theft System, Remote Alarm, Electric Mirrors, Rear Headrests, Height Adjustable Seat, 19'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars.

    • Mileage: 17142 mi
    • Engine size: 2979
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  • BMW Z4M

    £21,900 £21,900

    Variant name:Z4m Roadster ,Variant: 3.2 2dr Stunning Low Mileage Example with Full BMW Main Dealer Service History. John Holland Sales Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this Stunning Low Mileage BMW Z4M finished in Black Sapphire with Red Leather and Carbon Leather interior Trim. The Specification on this car includes 18inch Alloy Wheels, Rear Park Sensors, Wind Deflector, Full Electric Memory Seats, Auto Lights and Wipers, Heated Seats, Auto Dim Rear View Mirror, Multi Function Seating Wheels, Air-Conditioning, this car also has an audio upgrade fitted which includes a clarion head unit with DAB and Bluetooth, Amplifier with built in Subwoofer and upgraded Speakers. The original speakers and head unit are supplied with the car. It also has a full BMW Dealer service history done at 1094miles on 20/06/06, 6981miles on 03/11/08, 9821miles on 24/05/10, 10837miles on 10/01/12, 12687miles on 09/12/13, 14005miles on 14/12/15 and 14390miles on 12/03/16. Supplied with 2 Keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 17060 mi
    • Engine size: 3.2
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  • 2007 (57) BMW 330D MSPORT (MANUAL)

    £7,350 £7,350

    2007 (57) BMW 330D MSPORT (MANUAL) 231 bhp MODEL, 94K MILES, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, MOT DEC 17, SAT NAV, BLUETOOTH, FULL BLACK LEATHER ALL eXTRAS , CLEAN THEOUGH OUT, EXCELLENT DRIVER  £7350 O.N.O

    • Mileage: 94000 mi
    • Engine size: 2993
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  • BMW

    £5,995 £5,995

    THIS BMW 3.0 SE HAS JUST ARRIVED AT R.S VEHICLE SALES BLUE, SOURCE - We are fortunate enough to of purchased this BMW Z4 3.0 SE from a BMW main dealer who had taken it in Part Exchange against a newer vehicle. CONDITION - it has been incredibly Well looked after by its former keepers from new, SERVICE HISTORY - This car comes with a Comprehensive Service History, VOSA Verified Mileage and October 2017 MOT. PRESENTATION - It looks stunning presented in Toledo Blue Metallic and rides on 18in M Sport Alloy wheels. It boasts a Heated Oregon Black Leather interior which is in Superb condition for the vehicle's age and mileage. SPECIFICATION - This Z4 SE has considerable optional extras including Xenon Headlights, Multi Function Steering Wheel, HIFI Loudspeaker System, M Sport Suspension, M Sports Seats, 6 CD Changer, Park Distance Control (PDC), Memory Seats, Bluetooth Phone Preperation, 18in Composite Star Spoke Alloy Wheels, 2 Keys Plus Much More. R.S Vehicles Sales - We offer fantastic part exchange valuations, industry leading extended warranties, and all of our vehicles are HPI clear. All cars fully prepared to a high standard and fully valeted for sale. ** PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO VIEW A CAR AS WE ARE OFTEN OUT COLLECTING NEW STOCK. ALL OF OUR CARS ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN OUR INDOOR SHOWROOM SO PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE WEATHER ** Family Run Business, Open 7 Days, By Appointment., GBP 5,995

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.979
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