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BMW 3 Series

E30 Cabriolet Motorsport Design Edition

£14,994 Deposit Taken

Vehicle Description

Ref: E3O KU

SMC Heritage are proud to present this stunning last of the line E30 Cab Motorsport Design Edition that has covered just 91,000 miles from new.

About The E30 Motorsport Design Edition:

Launched in April 1991 The Motorsport Design Edition was a final hurrah to the much loved E30 Cabriolet. Produced in limited numbers it was only offered in the UK and Canada in two exclusive Metallic colours, Neon Blue or Neon Green. As the builds where not individually numbered there is some conflict as to the final production number but it believed that there were no more than 250 in total shared across both markets, making this one of the most exclusive E30’s made and certainly much scarcer than the much-lauded Motorsport 325i Editions. Although developed by the Motorsport division, and titled as such it was more of an aesthetic exercise utilising the standard E30 318i Cabriolet mechanicals. They were adorned with BBS cross-spoked light alloy wheels, Recaro sourced anthracite sports seats with contrast piping to match the exterior, Mtech wheel and gearknob amongst other extras.


Built in June 1991 to UK Specification it was supplied new on the 1st of August that year on the then brand-new J Registration by Central BMW. Supplied finished in Neon Blue Pearl metallic paint (255) with the piped grey sports seats (463). More recently the vehicle has spent the best part of the last decade in the careful hands of an avid E30 collector/enthusiast and owners club member. Having covered an average of just 4500 miles per annum this example is certainly now in the low mileage camp. The history file is extensive including the original service book with 14 stamps, old mots right back to the first and a raft of invoices and bills. The car is supplied with all booklets and instructions in the original book pack and even the period BMW M Style Brochure. Both keys are still present along with the dealer keyring. The E30 specific plate is include in the sale but the original dealer plates baring the original number are also present


The unique Neon Blue Pearl Metallic paint is incredible with a deep glossy shine. The body is totally free from any dents and the panel gaps are even and totally original with only a few minor stone chips to detract. This vibrant bodywork is further complimented by the factory correct BBS cross-spoke light alloy wheels. They are totally original and fitted with new matching premium tyres. The bumpers, lights, shadowline trim and badges are all correct and free from any damage or discoloration. The glass is all factory with the correct markings. All factory stickers are also present and undamaged including the hood instruction card in the visor. The black manual hood is taught and undamaged and the rear screen crystal clear. This really is a cosseted time warp car

Under the bonnet:

The engine bay is equally as impressive as the bodywork, totally standard and spotlessly clean. It is an incredible testament to the care this E30 has received over the years.


The interior is a fabulous place to reside with the factory sports seats and matching door cards. Most Cabriolets where optioned with full leather so the Motorsport piped cloth in this special edition actually feels much more exclusive and totally suits the ethos of the car. The seats, carpets, mats and every piece of trim are all in fantastic order a testament to both this car’s diligent ownership and the incredible quality of BMW’s in what I firmly believe to be their Golden period. Even the high wear areas of the cabin like the seat bolsters, leather “MTech” steering wheel and gearknob are pleasingly fresh. The boot area is equally as impressive the plastic liners free from damage or scuffs, the carpets are unmarked, the toolkit complete and unused as is the spare

On the Road:

The E30 was class leading at the time of production and this well maintained example has stood the test of time. Remarkably it is still both taught and fluid on the road and drives superbly, in fact the 100 mile trip back to SMC Heritage HQ almost saw it being taken home rather than to the showroom! The M40 water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine is longitudinally mounted and inclined producing 113bhp, a top speed of 116mph and 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds when combined with the 5 speed manual. Whilst the numbers are out gunned by more modern offerings, it can more than keep up with traffic thanks to its svelte 1220kg weight and fine handling. It offers a superb driving experience that many modern and often vastly more powerful cars simply cannot replicate and is perfect for touring the dales or cruising down the Kings road.


In fabulous condition and with just over 91,000 miles documented this really is as fantastic example and offers a fantastic entry in to modern classic ownership. As either a depreciation proof low mileage daily driver, a weekend toy to polish, show and enjoy or perhaps most likely a solid investment piece to add to your collection.

Whether you are looking for the very best example of a truly limited production run BMW droptop special edition or just looking for a shrewd future classic investment then you need to see this car.

The vehicle will be health checked, independently MOT’d and receive a full service including cam belt and waterpump prior to collection for complete peace of mind


Open by appointment only please call us on
01244 539760 or 07890 000145 or 07710 096345

We are always looking for high quality, low mileage classic and modern classic cars and bikes with good service history from the early 60s to the mid 00’s. If you are looking to take the hassle out of selling your pride and joy privately please don't hesitate to get in touch


Type Value
VIN EJ35251
Prod. Date 1991-06-14

Type 318I
Series E30 (3 Series)
Body Type -

Engine M40

Transmission Manual
Colour neon-blau
Upholstery -

Editions And Packages
S339 Shadow-Line
S708 M Sports Steering Wheel Leather
S799 E30 Individual Series 92

Comfort And Interior Equipment
S428 Warning Triangle And First Aid Kit

Wheels And Drive
S288 BMW Light Alloy Wheel, Cross Spoke 29

Environment And Safety
S350 Therm.Insulat.Glass Green
S370 Softtop, Black
S380 Hardtop-Preparation
S812 National Version Great Britain
S850 Dummy-SALAPA