BMW 3 Series (E30)

With over a million sold, BMW’s E30 is one of the foundation cars for the modern classics movement. Up until now…

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ith over a million sold, BMW’s E30 is one of the foundation cars for the modern classics movement. Up until now – M3 aside – they have been pretty affordable too, not least because of their sheer numbers.

That is now starting to change. Most E30s were built more than 30 years ago and the over-used and under-loved stragglers have pretty much died off now, leaving a pool of good survivors that isn’t proving quite enough to fuel renewed demand for them.

Over the last year their values have really kicked off. Some, like the 325i Sport and most convertibles had already started, to be fair, but the latter have gone up by another 23 per cent in the past 12 months.

The biggest rises though are being seen with two-door saloons, no doubt riding on the tail of those M3s – it’s what you get when you want the look but can’t afford the ticket. The smart ones have risen by around 50 per cent already and show no signs of letting up. 325is are now routinely making £6000-£7500 and anything with low mileage can easily make £10k. The others aren’t far behind and they may even overtake the convertibles soon.

The time to buy is now.


Lewis PlumbAuction, BMW, 3 Series