The BMW E30 was produced from 1982 to 1994 and represented the well-known 3-series of BMW during its production run. Its angular and sporty design characterized BMW's designing style. With the arrival of the E36 as its successor BMW shifted to rounder shapes. The E30 is the last 3-series that offered the iconic BMW design that is adored by enthusiasts.
While its predecessor, the E21, offered a range of variants with different engines in two body styles, the E30 even took it a step further. BMW's goal with this mid-range car was clear. They wanted to create a culture of variety by offering a wide range of engines and configurations, producing cars that satisfy everyone’s needs, and they succeeded, as a variety of engines, transmissions, and four body styles were introduced. From a 1.6-litre straight-four to a 2.7-litre straight-six engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission to a manual five-speed. The E30 lineup included a sporty coach, a sedan, a practical wagon, a convertible, and a true track beast that was designed with a little help from BMW M, who were no strangers to high-performance cars. In 1985, the E30 series expanded, introducing a more powerful diesel car and a convertible. In 1987, the wagon version was added, more powerful engines were made, rust protection quality significantly improved, and mechanical efficiency was enhanced.
More than two million E30’s were sold. From fall 1990, the E30 was succeeded by the E36, although some E30 variant were still produced in parallel until 1994.
BMW E30 325i
The BMW 325i serves as flagship model of the E30 series and was taken in production from 1985 to 1993. As its name suggests, a powerful 2.5-litre straight-six engine lies under the hood of this car. The smooth-running engine produces 168 horsepower, thanks to its fuel injection. It carries a sporty character that comes alive in its natural habitat, the racetrack. According to many enthusiasts, the 325i eclipsed the M3, though that is open to debate.
The 325i was, as was the E30, available in sedan, convertible, and wagon variants. The convertible is by far the most sought-after, it is becoming rarer and more coveted among collectors, which naturally enhances its value.
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