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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. 
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

    £24,990 £24,990

    Competition pack, Carbon roof, Harmon Kardon, Sport seats, Bluetooth hands-freeVVS are delighted to offer this 2010/60 BMW M3 Frozen Silver edition presented in Frozen matt grey metallic with full Novillo black leather. This car has a high specification including DCT transmission, carbon leather trim, carbon roof, front heated and electric memory seats, competition package, Harmon Kardon sound system, enhanced bluetooth function, full bmw service history and the balance of a BMW warranty. Be quick as these special edition cars with this spec are becoming hard to find in this condition., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 3999
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  • BMW Z Series 1998

    £1,250 £1,250

    I have had this car for seven years and it is a fabulous car to drive. It has recently had a new catalytic converter fitted, a rear silencer embled and two new tyres. It is in reasonable condition for its age. There is a small patch of paint bubbling towards the rear and a tear in the rear window which has been patched.

    • Engine size: 1895
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  • BMW Z Series 1998

    £1,250 £1,250

    I have had this Z3 for seven years and have so enjoyed driving this wonderful car. It has recently been fitted with a new catalytic converter, rear silencer and two new tyres. It's in reasonable condition for its age. There is some paint bubblingin a small area towards the rear of the car and a tear in the rear window which has been patched up.A fabulous car to drive.

    • Engine size: 1895
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  • BMW 4 SERIES 3.0 M4 2d AUTO 426 BHP

    £35,990 £35,990

    Features For more info on this vehicle call our showroom on 01708 687670 This car has covered 33694 miles, is a 2 owner vehicle and is Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Front Side/Front & Rear Curtain, Air-Conditioning - Automatic, Alarm - Remote Control, Alloy Wheels - 19in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Armrest - Front, Body Coloured Bumpers, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Child Locks - Electric, Clock - Unspecified, Computer - Driver Information System, Cruise Control, Cup Holder, DAB Radio, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Stability Programme, Exterior Lighting - Xenon Headlights, External Temperature Display, Floor Mats - Textile, Gear Knob Leather, Head Light Sensor - Head Light Sensor, Head Restraints - Front/Rear, Headlamp Wash - Unspecified, Heated Rear Screen, Heated Washer Jets, Hill Holder, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD/MP3, Keyless Start - Keyless Start, Limited Slip Differential - General, Mirrors External - Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming, Mirrors Internal - Automatic Dimming Rear View, On-Board Monitor - Unspecified, Paint Metallic, Parking Aid - Front/Rear, Power Socket - Fro

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 33694 mi
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  • BMW Z4

    £4,695 £4,695

    Power Hood, Full Leather, Air Conditioning, Stability Control, Traction Control, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Front Fog Lamps, Radio, CD Player, ABS, Remote Central Locking, Alarm, Immobiliser, Twin Air Bags, Side Air Bags, Height Adjustable Seat, Adjustable Steering Column, Head Restraints, Power Steering, Rear Wash/wipe, Trip Computer, 17'' Alloys, Service history BMW Z4 Roadster 2.5i Convertible, Service History, Two Local Owners and Genuine Mileage of 79,200 Only with 17'' Alloys, Electric Power Roof, Full Leather Interior, Air Con, Stability/Traction Control, Electric Windows/Mirrors and Radio/CD Player. Phwoar!

    • Mileage: 79200 mi
    • Engine size: 2494
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  • BMW 7 Series

    £19,000 £19,000

    Variant name:740D M SPORT ,Derivative:3.0 740d M Sport 4dr ,Variant: 740D M SPORT Metallic Black, AA Inspected Plus AA 3 Month Warranty, 3 owners, Last serviced on 09/02/2017 at 78,506 miles, 5 seats, 306 BHP, The Specification Includes: 20'' Alloy Wheels, Bi-xenon Headlights, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Key-less Go, Full Black Leather Interior, 3 Stage Heated Front Seats, Front Power Seats, 2 Stage Memory Setting Front Seats, Digital Dual Front and Rear Climate Control, Cruise Control, Wide Screen Digital Display, Cd / Dab Stereo System, Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, 360 Reversing Camera, Panoramic Front Camera View, Lane Departure Warning, Electric Power Fold Door Mirrors, Electric Front Sunroof with Electric Sun Blind, Sport / Comfort / Eco pro Vehicle Dynamic Modes, Automatic / Tiptronic Gearbox, Value Financing Options Available, Great Value, Fixed Prices, £19,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 87960 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • BMW 3 Series 330d M SPORT

    £12,950 £12,950

    Body: Convertible Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 89,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2011 (11) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: CARBON BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR 19" alloys

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 89000 mi
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  • BMW 2800 CS Coupe 1970


    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- BMW 2800 CS E9 1970 Blue Metallic in very good condition The 2800CS, also known as E9 is a 2 door coupe, built for BMW by Karmann between 1968 and 1975. This is a 1970 BMW 2800CS E9 in a very good and very well maintained condition. Paint is the original colour Baikal Blue Metallic and the interior is in beautiful brown leather with woodparts. The paint, interior, chromeparts etc. are all very beautiful. The car has the 2788 CC, 6 in line engine with a 4 speed manual gearbox. The car also has 4 electric windows, wooden Nardi steering wheel and Alpina wheels. So a very beautiful 2800 CS with a marvelous exterior which drives excellent. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
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  • 2013 BMW 3 Series 330d Xdrive M Sport


    BLACK, 1 OWNER FROM NEW +. FULL RED LEATHER, HEATED SEATS, + M PERFORMANCE KIT + FOUR WHEEL DRIVE + SAT NAV + X DRIVE + FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS +, Air-Conditioning, Cruise Control, DAB Radio, Parking Aid, Start/Stop System, Alloy Wheels, Alarm, In Car Entertainment, Telephone Equipment, Electric Windows, Tinted Glass, Hill Holder, Computer, Rain Sensor, Tyre Pressure Control, Upholstery Leather. 5 seats, MORE SPEC AND PICTURES TO FOLLOW

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  • BMW Z4 - 2011 Manual 51876 Petrol White

    £12,995 £12,995

    PLEASE GO TO www.a52motors.co.uk TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND DETAILS ABOUT THIS CAR.;;MAY P/X FOR A TRACTOR TRY ME.;;;PLEASE CALL 01205 875363 OR 07429530869 OR 07961 116881 FOR VEIWING OR ANY QUESTIONS.;;CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS FINANCE BANK TRANSFER AND MONEY ALL ACCEPTED.;;PLEASE NOTE WE CAN DELIVER ANY CAR ANYWHERE IN THE UK WITHIN 24 HOURS ;SUMMER SALE WAS GBP 14000 NOW GBP 12995 LIMITED TIME SALE ONLY BE QUICK;;WE DO A FULL WALK ROUND OVER THE PHONE DETAILED APPRAISAL OF THE CAR.;;;BMW Z4 2.5 2011 i SDRIVE30I M SPORT HIGHLINE CONVERTIBLE CABRIOLET 1 OWNER FULL BMW SERVICE HISTORY 2 REMOTE KEYS ALL BOOKS TOOLS MANUALS SUPER CAR THROUGHOUT NOT TO BE MISSED.;MEGA SPEC INCLUDING TOP OF THE RANGE BMW RADIO CD PLAYER,ZENON LIGHTS FULL HEATED RED LEATHER SEATS SPORTS MODE,FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS AND ALL OF THE LIST BELOW.;;One Owner From New Full Red Kansas Leather Upholstery, Heated Front Seats, Electric Convertible Roof, Rear Parking Sensors, 19" light alloy wheels - V-spoke style 296, Bluetooth Telephone preparation, Multifunction sports leather steering wheel, Dual Zone Climate Control, Black High Gloss Kidney Grille, Aluminium Fascia Inlays, BMW Black Door Sills, Remote Central Locking, Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Front Fog Lights, Auto Lights and Wipers, BMW professional radio/CD/MP3, Aux and USB Inputs, Audio Remote Control, 6 Speed GearBox, DSC Dynamic Stability System, Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, DDC Dynamic Driving Control, ABS, Thatcham category remote alarm/immobiliser, Run flat tyres + tyre pressure monitor, Xenon headlights, Drivers, Passanger and Side Airbags, Front Headrests, Front Armrest, IsoFix System, Thigh and Lumber Support, Headlight wash system, Metallic Paint, Body Coloured Bumpers, Servotronic Power Steering, Steering Wheel Rake And Reach, Trip Computer. 2 seats, Alpine White;;PLEASE CALL SCOTT ON 07429530869 OR 01025 875363;;

    • Mileage: 51876 mi
    • Engine size: 2.497
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  • BMW 7 Series

    £6,490 £6,490

    demo + one owner from new, blue with white leather stunning Black Full leather interior, Blue, £6,490

    • Mileage: 101000 mi
    • Engine size: 4000
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  • BMW Z Series 1998

    £1,000 £1,000

    BMW convertible great car runs amazing brilliant condition new tyres new brakes not September 

    • Mileage: 150000 mi
    • Engine size: 1895
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  • 2016 BMW 7 Series 740Ld xDrive M Sport 4dr Auto, 20 Inch M Sport Alloys, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Rear Seat Comfort Pack, Rear DVD Entertainment, Premium Pack, Advanced Park, Remote Park, TV, Massage Front & Rear Seats, Head Up, Cost over 93000 Pounds New

    £57,900 £57,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented and rare high spec BMW 740LD X-Drive M Sport Auto. This stunning example comes with a huge specification which is probably the highest specification of any BMW 7 Series on the web today. Finished in Singapore Grey Metallic with complimenting Ivory White and Black Exclusive Nappa Leather Upholstery, Anthracite Alcantara Headlining and finished with High Gloss Fineline Black Wood Interior Inlays with Metal Effect. This stunning one off example comes with a huge specification to include 20" M Sport Double-Spoke Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Rear Seat Comfort Pack- Rear Seat Entertainment, Harman Kardon Loud Speaker System, TV Function, Rear Massage Seats, Premium Pack- Ambient Air Package, Climate Comfort Laminated Glass, Climate Comfort Windscreen, Front and Rear Heat Comfort Pack, Electric Sunblinds for Side and Rear Windows, Advanced Parking Package-Remote Parking, Surround View, Park Assist, Adaptive LED Headlights, Head-Up Display, Professional Satellite Navigation, Internet, Online Entertainment, BMW Gesture Control, DAB Radio, Bluetooth, Hard drive with US

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 14277 mi
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  • BMW 520d M Sport

    £19,995 £19,995

    NEW PRICE REDUCTION WAS £19995 Black Hide Aluminium Trim Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Navigation Radio CD with USB & Aux In Bluetooth Telephone Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 18″ Alloy Wheels Full Service History

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 36800 mi
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  • BMW 330 Ci Sport

    £6,995 £6,995

    This very attractive sapphire black with black leather 330i m sport cabriolet comes with low mileage and full service history. Usual high level of specification including the original 18″ alloy wheels, electric seating, power hood and parking sensors. A great sporty cabriolet for very little money at £6,995 Sapphire Black Black Nappa Hide Carbon Fibre Trim Electric Memory Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Automatic Radio CD Electric Wing Mirrors Air Conditioning Rear Parking Distance Control 18″ Original Alloy Wheels Full BMW Service History + 3 Specialist

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 55900 mi
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  • BMW M135i Estoril Blue


    BMW M135i Estoril Blue for sale Black Dakota Hide Turned Aluinium Trim Heated Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control with Brake DAB Radio CD with Aux In & USB Bluetooth Telephone Adaptive M Sport Suspension Driver Comfort Package Xenon Headlights Rain Sensor with Auto Headlights Rear Parking Distance Control 18″ Anthracite Alloy Wheels Full BMW Service History. 2 Years left of 5 year service package

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 14000 mi
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  • BMW M4

    £53,995 £53,995

    Satellite Navigation, Electric Heated Memory Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Junction Camera, Heads up Display, Harman Kardon Audio, 19'' Double Spoke Alloys , Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Cruise Control, Privacy Glass, Bluetooth Music Streaming, Front and Rear Parking Sensors , Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Seat Bolsters , Lumbar Adjustment, Bluetooth, Automatic Headlights, Automatic Wipers, Paddle Shift, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, CD Player, iPod Connectivity, Aux Port, USB, Keyless Start, Start Stop, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Carbon Pack, Adaptive LED Headlamps , BMW Online Services , Traction Control, ABS, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking

    • Mileage: 400 mi
    • Engine size: 2979
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  • BMW 7 Series

    £7,995 £7,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Parking Camera, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Parking Sensors, ABS, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Sunroof, CD Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Stereo, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Heated Seats, Alloy wheels, Full service history 15 MONTHS WARRANTY AVALIABLE

    • Mileage: 86000 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
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  • BMW 3 Series

    £9,990 £9,990

    Sapphire black metallic, Full oyster cream leather, 19'' alloy wheels, Climate control, Enhanced bluetooth, Electric folding exterior mirrors, Single disc CD, USB audio interface, Dark poplar wood interior trim, Fully automatic power hood, Xenon headlights, Push button start/stop, 84,000 miles, Service history, 4 stamps in the service book, Just had a major Inspection service including front discs and pads and brake fluid change, 1 year MOT, HPI clear, Excellent finance options available, Comprehensive 3 year warranty options available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT

    • Mileage: 84000 mi
    • Engine size: 2993
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