1988 BMW 320i A Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1988/F BMW 320i Automatic Convertible: Gleaming Zinnobar Red with absolutely unmarked Anthracite "Überkaro" Sport Check Cloth Recaro interior, with black mohair soft top and the much prettier pre-facelift classic chrome bumpers - conspiring to make this an unbeatable combination in terms of super 1980s understated cool and classiness.

Gorgeous, timeless, example of this modern classic 4-seater prestige roadster. Combining the deliciously smooth 2.0 litre M20 straight six engine of legendary refinement with the 4-speed ZF automatic transmission makes for a beautiful A and B road cruiser.

Impeccable provenance: Only 3 former keepers with the 2nd owner having owned the car from 1996 to 2003, and the third lady keeper for 6 years, then the enthusiast owner I sold this car to back in 2009 has kept this most handsome E30 convertible as his pride and joy for the past 11 years. Always in long term ownership and the absolute polar opposite to the 10+ owner tat that abounds nowadays. Total service history, which was FBMWSH to as recently as 2003 (at Millcars BMW of Hampstead), and independent specialist servicing thereafter, an E30 3-series which has ALWAYS been maintained regardless of cost.

Standard Equipment: PAS, Recaro sports seats, leather sports steering wheel, central locking, electric windows x 4, electric mirrors, tinted glass, BMW check control, twin exhaust tailpipes, front foglights, electric aerial.

Extra-cost options: 4-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, M-Technic rear spoiler, rear head-restraints, Blaupunkt stereo, rear BMW mudflaps.

I have sold six classic E30 convertibles (aways straight six models, forget the anaemic 318i four pots please), and I rate them very highly, no other car of this era offers the same level of refinement, German build quality when it was at its peak, genuine 4 seater open top motoring, generous boot space, unmistakable prestige and timeless elegance - add to this very low servicing costs and fuel economy on the right side of 30mpg.

Comes complete original owner's manual and booklets, fully stamped up service book, substantial invoice dossier, requiring a lever-arch file with every invoice from 1996 to present, spare key, complete toolkit, Millcars BMW number plates front and rear, Millcars tax disc holder and a BMW E30 Convertible sales brochure completes the impressive provenance.

This car is an outstanding and original example and must not be confused with the typical tired and neglected, modified and many-ownered heap that is all too easy to find, in contrast a gem like this is not so easy to stumble upon. It looks stunning in this eye-catching colour scheme with the distinctive BBS alloy wheels setting it off to perfection.

The mileage is sensible, the running gear on these cars is bombproof, buy a sub-100K example at your peril, it must have sat for long periods of time unused and unloved, contrast this with this sewing-machine smooth cherished motor car which has been serviced and MoT'd and used year on year.

This 320i is refreshingly original and factory correct in every detail. A timewarp beauty that is in pristine enough condition to take to BMW Driver's Club events with pride it will certainly get admiring glances wherever you drive, but it is not a museum piece that one would never want to use for fear of spoiling.

Eleven years ago I had the roof replaced with a brand new high quality mohair item, professionally fitted by my coachtrimmer and it looks great still today with a totally clear rear window, smart fit with no creases, none of the usual receding from the top of the windows, intense black unmarked fabric This is not a cheap exercise at £750 trade price - so please bear this mind when looking at cheap and tired cars. The reason for the hood still looking so exceptional is that this BMW genuinely has been the owner's pride and joy, the car has always been kept under a bespoke dust cover in a ventilated garage.

This is a turn-key, timewarp beauty, freshly serviced, and freshly MoT'd. Furthermore, this is a four owner car from new, with the current fastidious keeper having enjoyed 11 years of breakdown-free sterling service since he purchaed it from me, this truly sets this car apart from the rest. I wonder how many owners the 325i Convertible "Motorsport" edition being priced at £15,000+ have got through, at least twice as many owners I should imagine if not three!

If you miss this one, you will wait an awfully long time to find one that is worthy of comparison, and the prices are only going one way, UP!



1989 Volvo 240 GLT Estate View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 245 GLT: Gleaming Gloss Signal Red with black buttoned leather upholstery. The gleaming red paintwork and GLT dechrome scheme gives the car a more contemporary and sporting air and is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous silver or grey paintwork that most GLT's came in.
This is the most eye-catching and distinctive 240 GLT for sale in the UK today.

This is an outstanding specimen that belies its mileage and 30 year vintage with consummate ease. It may not have the lowest mileage, but if you know Volvo 240's then you will know they can cover 250,000 miles plus with absolute ease. What is most salient is that it has low owners status and has had the same fastidious keeper for the last 25 years and comes with total service history, of which it is full Volvo main dealer history up to 145K. HPI clear with certificate.

Standard GLT Specification: 2.3 litre fuel injected engine, 5-speed manual transmission, central locking, PAS, electric windows x 4, electric mirrors, tinted glass, leather upholstery, heated front seats, satin black dechromed trim, satin black coachline, 15-inch “Virgo” light alloy wheels, low profile tyres (195/60/VR15), front and rear mudflaps, Volvo digital radio cassette stereo, headlamp wash/wipe system.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Rare Volvo Accessory Bosch Halogen front driving lamps and below bumper foglamps, the full compliment of rare Volvo Accessory gauges (voltmeter, fuel economy gauge, outside temperature, oil temperature - the last time I saw a set of these for sale was over 5 years ago and for £800!), uber rare Volvo Momo of Italy sports 3-spoke leather steering wheel, Volvo "snow tray" floor mats, Volvo hinged dog guard (swings up to affix to the roof when not in use), Volvo rigid load liner, Volvo retractible luggage blind, heavy duty towbar with twin electrics. In short this has just about every last extra fitted!

With its fuel injection and large four cylinder engine coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox this car has more of a turn of speed than its bluff aerodynamics would convey. With its enhanced power to weight ratio it will also in real driving be more economical than the lowly 2.0 carburettor and injection catalyst models. Why buy a poverty spec DL or GL when you can have the range-topping and sporting GLT model?

You can only compare like with like, so do not think of comparing my beautiful sporting GLT estate with any of the sad, old duffer, ugly saloon 240's. I am a Volvo specialist and realistically the market should only value a saloon at half of what the estate counterpart is valued at. When most people on the street are asked to picture a 1980s Volvo, they will think of the sought after estate model, not the unloved saloon variant.

My car differentiates itself further by having the hugely strong M45 5-speed manual transmission, not the power-sapping and ponderous Aisin-Warner automatic transmission that most the remaining GLT's seem to be saddled with. It is a conventional manual gearbox too, not the odd 4-speed plus switchable overdrive transmission that the 740 Turbo of this period had, which makes for a really pleasurable driving experience and enables one to take advantage of the lusty 133bhp power plant and execute overtaking manoeuvres you would not dare in any other Volvo 240.

Yes it is the GLT model, yes it is an estate variant, yes it has the manual gearbox, finally it is in THE colour -- Signal Red.

Not all Volvo 240s are equal, to reinforce my point; No 80s car freak would compare a hearing aid beige Golf Mk2 1.3 C entry model with an Oak Green Golf Mk2 GTI 16 valve, the latter could be worth £20,000 more than the former due to it being the range-topping GTI 16V model and in the most admired colour.

My GLT just looks superb in this bright red colour, a genuinely head-turning 80s super cool Volvo. The most common GLT colour, silver, just looks so bland in comparison, and as for white, yuk you can forget that too.

This was the long-term custodian's pride and joy, it has wanted for nothing. In keeping with its sporting (for an old Volvo!) appearance, he enhanced his GLT with a stainless steel exhaust system - bought through the Volvo Owner's Club, this is no boyracer affair - which frees up a few more horses, sounds just a tad more fruity than that standard system, and will outlast the car. There is also a K&N performance air filter with lifetime guarantee, and a Kenlowe additional electric engine fan. In a similar vein when the original front suspension was getting tired, special Bilstein gas shock absorbers from the US-only 240 Turbo were fitted along with uprated polybushed suspension components and rare engine bay brace bars. The gearbox was professionally rebuilt at Nicol Transmissions in Kidderminster (the only manual gearbox firm I would recommend) at 100,000 miles and is still in super working order today.

I have undertaken a long and sympathetic mini restoration of this very special Volvo 240, which principally involved a professional windows-out respray, alloy wheel refurbishment, new light reflectors and as the original 30 year old tail lights were past their best I fitted brand new Euro-look red/clear tail light clusters I imported from the US along with all clear front indicator units. This is to my taste, it gives the car a younger flavour, makes it looks that little bit more special and sporting, that aside the car is factory correct.

Mechanically, I have had my specialist fit the following new parts to ensure it runs at its best and will be as reliable as 240s are famed for: water pump, timing belt and tensioner, ignition leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, fuel pump relay, genuine Volvo spark plugs, oil filter, genuine new Volvo battery.

While the gearbox was in great order 80 odd thousand miles after its reconditioning the clutch was just starting to judder, so with my belt and braces approach I had a brand new 3 piece OE clutch kit fitted, the flywheel was professionally skimmed at the same time, and the as well as new gearbox fluid being fitted I had new top quality fluid fitted to the differential at the rear. New brake discs and pads have been fitted front and rear too, so the car has really been gone over front to back.

At 184,000 miles this is a stripling by Volvo standards - - in the USA there are 240’s with in excess of 500,000 miles on the original engine - - so don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a 240 with a scant 60,000 miles on the clock will drive any better, in all likelihood it will be worse as must have sat unused for long periods which does a car no favours at all and could harbour a whole host of imminent mechanical and electrical maladies.

Sadly,the majority of the 240 estate cars have led hard and unloved existences, only getting the bare minimum carried out to scrape through each MoT test. They were bought new by people who wanted an estate car as they needed to use it as an estate car. I find that the saloons tend to have stayed in the same ownership for longer, have been much better cared for and have been maintained correctly. The 240 saloons had a different buyer profile from the off, usually only old duffer Nigels and Normans bought these saloons which really were considered ugly dogs by the late 1980s, they were a seriously unfashionable car at this time. It has become SO rare to find a 240 estate, let alone the highly prized GLT model, that has been cared for and fastidiously maintained, and kept in the same ownership for over a quarter of a century. Accordingly my superb specimen really does represent a unique opportunity for a discerning Volvo enthusiast.