The E36 generation of the BMW 3 series is increasingly desirable, with enormous potential for future increase in value. Combining old-fashioned exterior styling with modern handling and comfort, it marks a historical transition in the BMW model lineup and is a true modern classic. The outstanding condition and rare colour combination underline this car’s rightful claim as a collectible item, as you will struggle to find anything comparable on the market. This particular E36 is a 1995 model year 318i manual saloon in Alpine White and Beige. As shown by the original sales invoice, the car was first supplied by Carrs of Bury St Edmunds in August 1995 for a sum of £15,800. Curiously, the car’s first owner part-exchanged a 1976 Morris Marina upon the purchase. Although a non-SE model, it has an optional factory electric sunroof. The car currently stands on period-accurate E36 “style 17” alloy wheels with new Continental tyres. The car is presented in outstanding shape for its age, with the condition of the cloth interior being particularly remarkable. Even the driver’s seat shows no signs of wear or discolouration; this level of preservation must be seen to be appreciated. The vehicle’s bodywork is also in very good condition, with no rust, dents or mentionable blemishes upon it. Mechanically, the car is equally sound, having recently passed its MOT with no advisories. There is no question that the car’s outstanding condition is the result of meticulous and devoted care by the car’s very few owners. Many modern classics in seemingly immaculate condition suffer from the effects of being out of use for extended periods of time. By contrast, this car was continuously in moderate use while receiving frequent and regular main dealer servicing. Until 2013, the car was annually fully serviced by the supplying dealer and has even seen semi-annual oil changes. A great number of mechanical components have also been replaced in recent years, ensuring its safe and enjoyable usability in the future. With a recent service, 11 months MOT and a set of new tyres, this car is ready to be driven away by its next deserving owner. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or reasonable offers! We are best reached by phone on 020 7516 9047 or 07930 140914.
The engine bay presents immaculately throughout. All plastic components retain a fresh appearance, with absolutely no signs of damage or corrosion anywhere to report. On test, the humble two-litre four-pot delivers its 140hp effortlessly through the gears. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a smooth five-speed automatic transmission.