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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

    £23,950 £23,950

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Manufacturer Direct, Xenon Headlamps, Trip Computer, Traction Control, Power Steering, Parking Sensors, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Push Button Start, CD Player, MP3 Player, Full Service History, HPI CHECKED, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Quick-Clear Screen, Multiple Airbags, Isofix, ABS, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Full main dealer service history Bexley Car Sales are pleased to offer this superb condition manual BMW M3 with only 52,000 and full BMW service history. Available for £465 per month. Please call 8am-9pm for further details. All of our cars are fully HPI checked and we are AA approved.Spec includes....Navigation System - BMW Professional Multimedia with High Resolution Control Display with 8.8in Colour Flat Screen (LCD), I Drive System, Carbon pack, M Mode, Full Leather/Electric/Heated seats, Bluetooth Phone System, Media Pack, Xenon Lights, USB/Aux point, Cruise Control, Stop Start System, DAB Radio, Audio Remote Control, Electric Windows - Front and Rear, with Open/Close Fingertip Control, Rain Sensor, Alarm System (Thatcham 1), M Sport Suspension, M Sport Steering Wheel, M Sport Seats - Front, Front And Rear Parking Sensors, 18in Light Alloy M Double - Spoke Wheels in Dark Graphite, Tyre Puncture Warning System (TPWS), Metallic Paint, Electric Adjustment Front Seats, Drivers with Memory, On - Board Computer (OBC), BMW Professional Radio with Single CD Player (with MP3 Playback Capability), Upholstery - Novillo Leather, Hill - Start Assistant, Metallic Paintwork, Climate Control, Air conditioning, Anti - Lock Braking System (ABS), Child Seat ISOFIX Attachment, Front and Rear, PLEASE CALL 8AM - 9PM TO ARRANGE A VIEWING. Bexley Car Sales is a family owned business based in Bexley Kent, All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked and have guaranteed mileage. Please read our reviews on Google and our websi

    • Mileage: 52000 mi
    • Engine size: 3999
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  • 1988 BMW M5

    $16,750(£13,381.58) $16,750(£13,381.58)

    1988 BMW M5 1988 BMW M5 in black with black interior. Very desirable color combination. Clean CarFax. Comes equipped with a manual transmission, power windows, power steering, power seats, air conditioning, OEM radio, sunroof, bbs wheels, original owner's handbook, spare tire, tool kit and with a jack included. Mechanically sound. For $16,750 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1988
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  • 2014 BMW i8

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    BMW i8 Additional Information Autofficina has been offer a September 2014 BMW I8, Pure in pulse pack Leather heated seats, sports seats,22" multi spoke wheels. 1700miles/ £107,000

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 1700 mi
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  • BMW 3 SERIES 330D SE 2006

    £6,990 £6,990

    So here we have a really lovely BMW 330 D Auto Touring, presented in titan silver with black leather trim. This car has covered 85,000 miles from new with service history at the following intervals verified by service stamps and invoices, 19k, 37k, 52k, 70k and 76k miles. The car was registered by BMW and then has had one lady owner from 2007. The car has an MOT valid until December 2017 with no advisories and is of course HPI clear. The car has a good specification, including but not limited to, Black leather trim, ISOFIX, Automatic, Exterior light handle pack, Auto lights, Auto wipers, Cruise control, Multi function steering wheel, on board computer, remote locking, alloy wheels, electric mirrors, electric windows, in addition to the usual standard specification. Overall this is a lovely example of a 330 Diesel touring. It is very responsive and yet economical too. The car is in super condition overall and will tick all the boxes. All vehicles pass through the workshop and receive a thorough 84 point inspection with paperwork to verify. All cars are prepared ready to drive away. You will struggle to find another one at this price, condition and mileage with the service history. Viewing welcome and invited in Southend on Sea, Essex, by appointment.

    • Mileage: 85500 mi
    • Engine size: 2.993
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  • BMW 3 SERIES 330I SE TOURING 2004

    £4,990 £4,990

    Offered for sale is this very nice BMW 330 Touring, which has been well cared for and is in super condition for the year. The car has covered 85,000 miles from new with comprehensive service history. The car is of course HPI clear including mileage verification and will be supplied with a brand new MOT. The car has full documented service history at the following intervals, 12k,22k, 25k, 34k, 38k, 52k, 54k, 68k and 79k miles. All vehicles receive an 84 point safety and mechanical check with documentation to verify. All cars are prepared ready to drive away. This car is of a good specification, including, but not limited to, Cruise control, Climate control, Air Conditioning, On Board Computer, Electric Mirrors, Front and rear electric windows, Remote central locking, Alloy wheels, in addition to the usual standard specification. This car drives superbly with no issues to report. Everything is operational and does as it should. If you are looking for a genuine, low mileage, BMW touring, with lovely history in very nice condition then this is the car for you. This one will be hard to beat! It Car can be viewed in Southend on Sea by appointment. Debit cards accepted.

    • Mileage: 85000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.979
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  • BMW 3 SERIES 330I SE 2005

    £4,990 £4,990

    Offered for sale is this VERY RARE BMW 330 Automatic Saloon. This car has covered a genuine 78,700 miles from new, with comprehensive service history at the following intervals, 12k, 26k, 43k, 55k, 61k, 63k and 74k miles. The car has a brand new MOT vaild until end of March NEXT YEAR. The car is of course HPI clear including mileage verification. All cars receive a thorough 84 point safety and mechanical inspection with paperwork to verify. All vehicles are prepared ready to drive away. The car is in super overall condition for the year with only a few minor marks to report. This car is of a good specification, including, but not limited to, Grey leather trim, Automatic, Air Conditioning with climate control, Multi function steering wheel, On board computer, Cruise control, ISOFIX, Electric Mirrors, Electric windows, Remote central locking, Alloy wheels, Headlamp washers, in addition to the usual standard specification. The car has both original keys. This car drives superbly and is very quick and responsive. The gearbox is silky smooth and changes through the gears perfectly. To summarise, this is a lovely, well maintained 330 Auto that has been well cared for. If you are looking for a genuine, well cared for 330 Auto with great spec, service history and LONG MOT in good condition, then this is it! Car can be viewed in Southend on Sea by appointment. Debit cards accepted.

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.996
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  • BMW 3 SERIES 330D M SPORT X DRIVE AUTO 4X4 UNRECORDED DAMAGED REPAIRABLE SALVAGE 2016

    £21,950 £21,950

    *** GOODWINS AUTO SALVAGE LTD - LEADING THE WAY IN NEARLY NEW UNRECORDED DAMAGED REPAIRABLE SALVAGE ***;;1000 % UNRECORDED DAMAGED REPAIRABLE SALVAGE GUARANTEED ;;*** PICS ADDED THURSDAY 23rd ***;;2016 66 BMW 330D M SPORT xDRIVE AUTO 4x4 - 5 DOOR TOP SPEC IN ESTORIL BLUE WITH GLASS SUNROOF / NAV ETC;;DAMAGE TO THE DRIVERS SIDE FRONT DOOR AND WING;;AIRBAGS ALL OK;;STARTS AND DRIVES ;;V5 LOGBOOK PRESENT;BOOK PACK PRESENT;SPARE KEY PRESENT;ONE OWNER FROM NEW;;*** 1000 % UNRECORDED AND GUARANTEED TO STAY THIS WAY ***;;99% OF MY CARS COME WITH SPARE KEYS AND THE BOOK PACKS BUT I CANNOT ALWAYS GUARANTEE THIS. PLEASE ASK THE QUESTION WHEN INQUIRING ABOUT THE CAR.;;*** PLEASE NOTE DUE TO NEW BANK CHARGES BEING INTRODUCED, ANY POUND NOTE PAYMENTS MADE ONSITE OR DIRECT INTO THE BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT WILL INCUR A 1% CHARGE ***;;DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED - NO CHARGE;CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED - SMALL CHARGE;BANK TRANSFERS ACCEPTED - NO CHARGE AND PREFERRED PAYMENT METHOD;;;WE ARE LEADING THE WAY IN THE RE-SALE OF NEARLY NEW SALVAGE - NEW STOCK ARRIVING DAILY - ADD US TO YOUR FAVOURITE SELLER'S LIST !!!;;MOST OF OUR STOCK IS UNRECORDED "HPI CLEAR" BUT WE DO ALSO GET CATEGORISED VEHICLES SUCH AS CAT C AND D;;FOR FURTHER INFO OR ON ANY OTHER VEHICLES WE HAVE IN STOCK OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO FIND YOU A CERTAIN CAR;PLEASE CALL RICHARD, JAMES OR JON ON 07966 258 662 / 01260 252 872;;DELIVERY CAN BE ARRANGED ANYWHERE IN THE UK AT VERY GOOD RATES;DISCOUNT GIVEN FOR MULTIPLE LOADS ;WE ARE UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY EVERYDAY SO CAN NORMALLY DELIVER WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS !

    • Mileage: 9000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • BMW 4 Series

    £26,490 £26,490

    Xenon Headlamps, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, DAB Radio, Satellite Navigation, Adaptive Headlamps, Bluetooth Media, Driver Memory, Main Beam Assist, Full main dealer service history BMW 430D M Sport 3.0 Automatic registered December 2014 finished in Melbourne Red Metallic with Full Oyster Leather with Dark Oyster and Black Dakota Leather interior, M Sport Braking System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, 19 Inch M Double Spoke Style 442M Alloys with Bicolour Orbit Grey Metallic, Reversing Camera Assist, M Sport Package, Brushed Aluminium Trim, High Gloss Black interior Trim, Sun Protection Glass, Electric Front Heated Seats with Driver Memory, High-beam Assistant, Professional Satellite Navigation, Park Distance Control with Front and Rear Sensors, Adaptive Xenon Headlamps, Bluetooth, DAB Radio, Harman Kardon Surround System, M Sport Suspension, M Steering Wheel, Cruise Control with Brake Function, Extended Interior Light Package, BMW Service Pack until 2018 with BMW Service on 14/11/16 at 16,282. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    • Engine size: 2993
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  • Bmw 4 series

    £27,000 £27,000

    BMW MOT Protect Pack, Satellite Navigation, Full Leather, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Auto Lighting, Rain-Sensing Wipers, M Sport Bodykit, M Sport Alloys, Anthracite Headlining, Sports Seats, LED Daytime Running Lights, DVD Player, MP3 Player, CD Player, Stereo, Radio, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Push Button Start, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Column, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Trip Computer, Traction Control, Stability Control, Power Steering, ABS, Brake Assist, Curtain Airbags, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Side Air Bags, I Drive System, Alloy wheels, 4x4 Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. 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: 31114 mi
    • Engine size: 2993
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  • Bmw 4 series

    £18,000 £18,000

    Full Leather, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Sun Protection Glass, USB Interface, Auxiliary In, MP3 Player, CD Player, Stereo, Radio, Front Fog Lamps, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Auto Lighting, Headlamp Jetwash, Sports Seats, LED Daytime Running Lights, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Seats, Rear Headrests, Head Restraints, Rear Armrest, Height Adjustable Seat, Folding Rear Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Push Button Start, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Column, Immobiliser, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Trip Computer, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Traction Control, Stability Control, ABS, Brake Assist, Curtain Airbags, Multiple Airbags, Isofix, Side Air Bags, 18'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. 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: 20496 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
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