The modern classics market is hot for BMWs at the moment.
We’ve seen everything from Z3M Roadsters to M635 CSis surge in value over the past few years.
Anything with the propeller badge with a big engine is likely to be dragged up in value, which includes the E46 330Ci. It’s already seen as the poor man’s M3 but you’re only really down around 100bhp and it’s cheaper to insure and run.
The 330Ci is a great rational sports coupé. It’s practical, comfortable, largely well built and capable of long journeys without wrecking your spinal cord. Okay, it doesn’t have the kudos or performance of an M car, but it’s much more rewarding on the road.
It’s also a lot cheaper – the very best 330Cis are around £8k – and costs less to tax and run, you don’t have to buy all those M Power specific bits. That figure will only get you into the shabbiest M3, and one with an SMG at that.
Pay £8000 for the best manual you can find and we forecast it’ll be up to £11k in a few years’ time.
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