Trending: Fresh air 3 Series E30s in demand
There’s a deal of interest in pretty well all good surviving BMW E30s, but the pace is particularly hot for the drop-top version. A couple of years back, I test-drove a 59,000-miler and struggled to justify in my own mind how the dealer could possibly be asking £8995 for it.
Now, of course, I wish I’d haggled lightly and parked it in my garage, as it would probably be worth over £10k now. Well over, if dealer prices for similar cars are any guide. They’re now pushing the £15,000 mark and plenty of private buyers are asking well into five figures. Obviously, asking is one thing, but what are people actually paying?
Close to what’s being asked, it seems. The rush is on to nail good cars while they’re still around. We’ve seen plenty do well at auction this year, and one sold by CCA gives a very clear picture.
It was a car offering nothing that special apart from the patinated Sports leather interior and recent service. With 90,500 miles, unflattering silver paint, and just ‘some’ history, it would have been a £5000 car not too long ago. It actually sold for £9735.
However, not all sellers are up to speed with the new prices, so check the ads – there are bargains to be had!