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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 650i

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    ©2017 Aventura Motors 625 County Rd 39A, Southampton, NY 11968

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  • BMW E46 330ci Cabriolet

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    Description Here we have a museum quality vehicle, a last of the line BMW E46 330ci Individual Cabriolet. This is indistinguishable from new, showing only 17k from new! Unbelievable spec car- being an individual spec, these were special order and could be built to individual requirements, hence the model designation. This means a custom, or bespoke car could be chosen, if your pockets were deep enough – these cost a small fortune when new. With 2 former keepers, and excellent service history, she comes from the last 2 years in a private collection. Being the legendary 3 litre petrol straight six, she is refined and very powerful, a joy to drive. In a unique colour – “Mora Metallic” she is pure class and has real presence. Spec includes – M-sport II package with sports suspension options and full styling pack, Full leather cream upholstery (unmarked) – electric heated memory seats, special “myrtle” wood trim pack, multi changer cd with Bluetooth connectivity, xenon headlights with wash function, dynamic stability control program, M-sport multi-function steering wheel, Thatcham approved alarm / immobilisor, provisions to car for Hardtop, rain sensing wiper, rear parking distance cont

    • Year: 2005
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  • BMW M5 TOURING

    £32,995 £32,995

    About this BMW M5 TOURING First registered September 2008 (58 plate) this E61 M5 Touring is becoming very rare and set to be a future classic. The E61 M5 Touring was introduced in 2007, only the second M version of the 5 Series Touring after the E34. It shares the same drivetrain with its saloon sibling (E60), and serves as a rival to the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate. The E60/E61 M5 was the most successful M5, despite being on the market for one year less than the E39 M5. During its five year run, 20,548 units were built composing of 19,523 saloons and 1,025 estates, only 1,776 examples were sent to the UK a very small handful of which being estates. The engine that powers this monster is 5 litre V10 called the S85 engine which has won multiple World Engine of the Year awards. This amazing engine and transmission were designed from scratch and were not based off any other model. The 5 litre V10 produces a whooping 500bhp and 380 lb ft of torque which gives the car an 0 to 62mph time of just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155mph (limited). Despite sounding like a race car the M5 features some very comfortable and luxurious interior. It has multi functional, leathe

    • Mileage: 39000 mi
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    £32,995 £32,995
  • BMW M5

    £48,995 £48,995

    Make: BMW Model: M5 First Registered: 27/10/2016 (66) Mileage: 14,950 Miles Previous Owners: 1 Engine: 4.4 Ltr Twin Turbo Transmission: Auto Paint Colour: Individual Purple Silk Trim Colour: Individual Platinum Leather Carpet Colour: Black Doors: 4 Seats: 5 MOT: Oct 2019 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: Manufacturer Warranty Until October 2019

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 14950 mi
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    £48,995 £48,995
  • BMW Z8 Cabriolet 2000

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    BMW Z8 2000 original 84.000 kms, damage free, full black with hard top The BMW Z8 was introduced in 1999 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and built from april 2000 till july 2003. The developers were inspired by the BMW 507, a popular but very rare sportscar from the fifties. This BMW was delivered on 12 september 2000. There were 4708 Z8 built and only 667 had the colourcombination of black with black interior. The car is in a very beautiful, very well maintained condition and damage free ofcourse. The car has the original 4941 CC V8 400 HP engine and manual gearbox. Drives great. The original manual and service booklets are present. The interest in Z8 in increasing, so this is not only a great car to see and drive, but a good investment also. Car has Japanese title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 2000
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  • BMW Z3M Coupe LHD

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    Bmw Z3M Coupe Estoril blau with blue/black interior. Only 59.000 kms in total. Full service history (9 stamps) 1 owner in total. LHD. Unmolested. Original manuals, keys and service book. A complete service (new fluids, new oil filter, new fuel filter, new spark plugs, gearbox oil) will be done prior the delivery. Overseas buyers welcome. We can ship the car worldwide. We can also help you in registering this car in your Country. More pics and specs to follow € 45000 OTO

    • Year: 2001
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  • BMW 3 Series

    £16,000 £16,000

    Variant name:330D M SPORT ,Derivative:3.0 330d M Sport Sport Auto 4dr (start/stop) ,Variant: 330D M SPORT Black, AA INSPECTED PLUS 3 MONTHS AA WARRANTY, 2 owners, 5 seats, The Specification Includes: 18'' Alloy Wheels, Rear Parking Sensors, Stop / Start Technology, Key-less Go, Full Black Leather Interior, Digital Dual Zone Climate Control, Cruise Control, Digital Display, Satellite Navigation System, Cd / Dab Stereo System, Bluetooth, Sport / Sport plus / Comfort / Eco pro Vehicle Dynamic Modes, Automatic / Tiptronic Gearbox with Paddle Shift, And Much More, Value Financing Options Available, Great Value, Fixed Prices., £16,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 65880 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £16,000 £16,000
  • BMW 3.0 CS Coupe 1974

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT BMW 3.0 CS coupe 1974, very good condition This BMW 3.0 CS was built in 1974. The BMW was designed bij the Italian masterdesigner ‘Michelotti’ and built by Karmann. This beautiful coupe was delivered in the original ‘Polaris’ paint and has original BMW rims. The very comfortable interior has beautiful blue upholstery with a lot of wooden and chrome parts. The car has the original 2986CC, 6 cyl, 200 HP engine. In combination with the automatic gearbox it’s a comfortable and sporty coupe to drive. 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: 1974
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  • BMW i8 |

    £65,450 £65,450

    Specification MAKE BMW MODEL i8 COLOUR Crystal White YEAR 2015/15 MILEAGE 5200 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional BMW i8. Finished in Crystal White with BMW Exclusive Dalbergia Tan Interior Hide. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Larger Capacity Fuel Tank, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Floor Mats Velour, Electrically Adjustable Seats, Heated Front Seats, Driving Assistant, Adaptive LED Headlights, Park Distance Control Front and Rear, Extended Interior Light Package, Head-Up Display, Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi, DAB Radio, Enhanced Bluetooth with USB & Voice Control. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Halo Interior World, BMW Exclusive Dalbergia Tan Interior, 20" BMW W-Spoke Alloy Wheels, Seat Belts in BMW i Blue, Headlining in Anthracite. TRANSMISSION Automatic ENGINE CAPACITY 1499 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 362 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 49 PRICE £65,450 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE BMW i8 Submit Close Form Print vehicle details E-Mail to a friend × E-MAIL TO A FRIEND BMW i8 Bramley have a BMW i8 available for sale. Check it out on their web site: http://www.bramley.com/carsales/details/

    • Mileage: 65450 mi
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    £65,450 £65,450
  • BMW M3 CS SMG - INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

    £29,995 £29,995

    This rare incarnation of the E46 M3 is seen by many as the closest alternative to an M3 CSL, and with a faster steering rack, beefed up brakes, lightweight CSL style alloys, as well as a dedicated track mode available at the flick of a switch, the CS is certainly a wolf in wolfs clothing. The CS has a sharpness and accuracy that the M3 never quite attains. You will realise that the ride seems flatter, less disturbed by sharp lumps and bumps passing beneath the wheels. Being the last of the production E46 M3s, the CS also comes with an alcantara trimmed steering wheel and hand brake lever and was produced in very low numbers only 233 were supplied in total in RHD for the UK market, making it rarer than the M3 CSL. This example comes in Carbon Black with full black Navada leather, Professional Satellite Navigation, Harman/Kardon sound system, 19'' BBS light weight alloy wheels, tilt/slide glass sunroof, sport stainless steel exhaust system and much more - see more details below. Please make an enquiry below or book an appointment on 01727 858000 to view this car.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 58000 mi
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    £29,995 £29,995
  • BMW M4 DCT, Head Up Display, Extended Leather, Satellite Navigation, DAB Radio, Harmon Kardon Sound, Stunning Example, FBMWSH

    £37,900 £37,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is excited to offer this beautifully presented BMW M4 DCT. Finished in Mineral White Pearl with Gloss Black Mirrors, Grill, Side Vents and Carbon Roof complimented by Upgraded Extended Full Black Leather Upholstery including Upper and Lower Dash, Door Tops and Centre Console Sides with Individual Piano Black Interior Inlays. This stunning example comes with a fantastic specification to include, 19" M Sport Gloss Black Alloy Wheels with Blue Calipers, BMW Professional Navigation, Bluetooth, Head Up Display, Privacy Glass, Folding Mirrors, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Dual Climate Control, DAB Radio with ipod Connection and Harmon Kardon Surround Sound, Keyless Start, Heated Electric Seats with Drivers Memory, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, High Beam Assist. Also benefiting from a full BMW service history completed on the 06/07/15 at 1026 miles, 23/05/16 at 25353 miles and again recently on the 09/10/17 at 41357 miles. 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 servic

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 41574 mi
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    £37,900 £37,900
  • BMW 7 Series 740Ld xDrive M Sport 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 1 Owner

    £53,900 £53,900

    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
    For sale
    £53,900 £53,900
  • 304 cabriolet

    €15,000(£13,396.50) €15,000(£13,396.50)

    restored in uk for discovery channel, very special car.rhd, spares included.lef lights,run very well http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/304M.mp4 http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/504.mp4

    • Year: 1972
    For sale
    €15,000(£13,396.50) €15,000(£13,396.50)
  • bmw 518 i

    €4,990(£4,456.57) €4,990(£4,456.57)

    4 cylinders,start and drive. only 1 prew owner, air confitioned, included 4 winter tires.original car. sold new in milan in 1993 http://www.alfavintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170711_141107.mp4

    • Year: 1993
    • Mileage: 65625 mi
    For sale
    €4,990(£4,456.57) €4,990(£4,456.57)