A low mileage 1991 BMW E30 325i Sport managed to sell for £51,187 ($65,800 in current exchange rates) in a recent auction in the UK, making it easily one of the most expensive non-M E30s we’ve come across.
Finished in Granitsilber Metallic, this 1991 E30 325i Coupe is one of the last Sport models produced and features plenty M-Tech upgrades, including an M-Technic body kit and rear spoiler, a limited-slip differential and a M-Technic suspension with 15mm lower springs and Boge dampers, together with a close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission.
Finding an E30 in such pristine condition is pretty rare these days, especially one that shows just 6,794 miles on the odometer and is accompanied by complete history files, including the original paperwork. The car was sold last week at a Silverstone Auctions sale in Birmingham, UK, surpassing its top estimate, which was set at £35,000, by a huge margin.
Most of us get really nostalgic when a popular car of this era shows up in such a beautiful condition, but spending more money for a non-M3 E30 than, say, a new C8 Corvette seems like an odd decision. Then again, treasured ‘normal’ cars have a tendency to sell for jaw-dropping amounts of money lately – like, for instace,the Acura Integra Type R.
Nevertheless, BMW made over 2.3 million E30s between 1982 and 1994, and if you count out some special editions and of course the M3s, we can’t think of any version that can justify a price tag like that. Does this mean E30 prices will begin to skyrocket now or is this just an one-off?