1987 BMW (E30) 325i, Delphin Grey / Black Sport Leather Euro Dinan Miller H&R

Price: - Item location: Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 3-Series
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1987
  • Mileage: 153,400
  • VIN: WBAAD1309H8830948
  • Color: Delphin Grey
  • Engine size: M20B25 Euro Pistons and Camshaft
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Sunroof
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black Leather
  • Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Options: Leather Sport Seats, 13-Button OBC, Rear Headrests, Limited Slip Differential, M Tech II Steering Wheel, Euro Smiley Projector Headlights w/ City Lights, E28 Toolkit, Racing Dynamics Front Spoiler
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1987 BMW 3-Series

1987 BMW 325i
Delphin Grey Metallic Exterior (184)
Black Leather Interior (0203)
153,400 Miles
M20B25 Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Premium Sound
Rear Headrests
Rear Center Armrest
13-Button On-Board Computer
15x7" Azev Type A Wheels
Dunlop DZ102 Tires
Impeccable Ownership History
4" Binder of Records Since New
Clean Carfax
***NO RESERVE!***

Build
Engine:
Blueprinted Rebuilt Original Engine (Rebuilt 75,000 miles ago)
Euro Pistons (9.7:1 vs. US-Spec 8.8:1)
Euro Cam
Bavarian Auto Long Tube Headers
High Flow Catalytic Convertor
2.5" Single Pipe Custom Magnaflow Muffler
Miller Pro Sport Induction Kit
19lb Bosch Injectors
Big Bore Throttle Body
Dinan Intake Manifold
Ireland Engineering Engine Mounts
Mac Autosport Tune
Suspension / Drivetrain:
H&R Sport Springs
Bilstein Sport Shocks
Powerflex Poly E30 M3 Offset Control Arm Bushings
Powerflex Poly Rear Subframe Bushings
Powerflex Poly Camber / Toe Adjustable Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
Dinan Front and Rear Adjustable Sway Bars
(Front Sway Bar Mounted to E30 M3 Shock Bodies)
Bavarian Autosport Strut Brace
3:73 Limited Slip Differential
Rebuilt Driveshaft (Guibo / CSB)
Exterior:
Racing Dynamics Front Splitter
E30 M3 Foglights
Euro Smiley Projector Headlights
Euro Grills
Smoke Indicators
Interior:
Black Leather Sport Seats
370mm M Tech 2 Steering Wheel
ZHP Shift Knob
Z3 Short Shifter
Pioneer Stereo (Bluetooth, USB)
Pioneer Amp
Cluster Rebuilt
Coco Floor Mats
WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats
Cup Holder
Crack-free Dashboard
Keyless Entry
E28 Large Trunk Toolkit
Available for Extra:
Recaro SE Seats w/ Massive Adaptors ($800)
Euro Bumpers / M Tech 1 Kit ($1500)
Background
The 1984-1991 BMW 3 Series, known generationally as the E30, is the one model more than any other that earned BMW its Ultimate Driving Machine reputation. E30s are one of our specialty vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. I have restored, rebuilt, and sorted two-dozen E30's over the years and currently own an iX and a Euro S50B30-swapped Touring (look in the sold listings on our website: GlenShelly.com for our past examples). 1987 was an import model year for the E30. It was the first year of the M20B25 "i" engine. The "i" motor had a higher redline and produced more power than the fuel-economy focused M20B27 "e" motor. Clean early-model E30s are hard to find. The toll of age, mileage, and entry-level buyers has whittled the population of good examples down. Deterioration of the rubber "diving board" bumper trim bits further hinders the presentability of many surviving examples. Exceptionally clean cars are few and far between, but dam they look good when you find them!
Summary
This 1987 325i Sedan is one of those examples. The paint condition is the best largely original paint we've seen on an E30 in a long time. The interior is consistently flawless, with very good sport seats and a crack-free dashboard. It is a relatively rare E30 too. Most "i" motor 1987 model year E30s were iS coupes. This sedan was ordered with a leather sport steering wheel (that has been replaced with a small-diameter M Tech II steering wheel), premium sound, a 13-button onboard computer, and rear head rests. Having four doors gives the E30 usable back seats and added utility, increased rigidity through the extra B-pillar, and they look great. I specifically sought out a sedan for one of my personal E30s for those reasons--but being a sedan is not what makes this E30 special. Impeccable stewardship from its previous owners is what makes it stand out. I have a 4-inch thick binder of records dating back to the original purchase documents, window sticker, and everything in between. The original owner kept for the car for twenty-seven years before selling it through the BMW club classifieds to the second owner, a BMW club member, enthusiast, and good friend of mine. The records show the motor was rebuilt at 80,000 miles by BMW due to a defective piston. When it was done, the owner spared no expense having it blueprinted and balanced with 9.7:1 euro pistons and a euro cam. It breathes through a Miller Pro Sport Induction kit, Dinan intake, big bore throttle body, long tube headers, a high flow cat, and a. 2.5-inch single pipe exhaust leading to a custom Magnaflow muffler. We had it tuned by Mac Autosport, which resulted in 162 horsepower and 159 ft-pounds of torque at the wheels in Colorado's thin air. For reference, a stock M20 produces 168 at the crank, at sea level, when it was new! That power reaches the road through H&R sport springs, Bilstein sport shocks, Powerflex poly bushings, and a limited slip differential. Outside, a Racing Dynamics front splitter, Euro grills and "smiley" projectors, and Azev wheels add flare, while the afore mentioned M Tech II steering wheel, modern stereo with matching illumination and blue tooth connectivity, coco floor mats, wire cup holder, and E28 toolkit complete the interior. This car has been driven across country twice without complaint. In preparation for sale we gave it a complete service including a fresh timing belt, water pump, valve adjustment, cam seal, valve cover gasket, and oil pan gasket. Additional parts I will sell for extra are Euro bumpers with M Tech I front valence, side skirts, and rear valence and a set of period correct Recaro SE seats on E30 brackets and sliders.
Exterior
Delphin Grey is one of the best E30 colors, and it looks particularly striking over early style black / chrome trim accents and diving board bumpers. Overall the paint is in excellent condition. It is original except for the hood and front splitter and looks absolutely fantastic with no glaring deficiencies. There is minor pitting on the front spoiler and one small paint chip on the corner of the hood.This car has always lived indoors and been spared inclement weather and coming from the Northwest, harsh UV exposure. The paint shines in a way few E30s do. We gave it a full PDR treatment, and it is ding and dent-free with the exception of only one small dent on the right rear corner of the roof remaining. There is no rust whatsoever. All VIN tags are in place and the Carfax is clean. The bumper trim is excellent with no waves or deformation. All other trim work is present and in good nic. The windshield and window glass is crack-free and un-pitted. The Euro "smiley" projector headlights have clean lenses and are a functional upgrade from sealed beams. The city lights work and are accented by smoked marker lights. The desirable early-style rear taillight lenses are also crack- free. The Azev wheels are straight and true with no curb rash. The Dunlop Direzza DZ102 tires are worn evenly with lots of tread remaining.
Interior
The black leather interior condition is consistent with the exterior. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet has no tears or stains. Coco carpet floor mats and WeatherTech rubber floor mats are included with the sale. Clean sport seats are rare and these are in very good condition. The seat leather is in excellent shape with no excessive bolster wear or failed seams. The seat recline shocks are weak, but they lock correctly The rear seats are also in similar condition, with the center armrest and rare rear headrests. The dashboard is crack-free. The small-diameter M Tech II steering wheel looks great, with very minor leather wear. All instrument cluster functions work, including the odometer. The 13-button onboard computer has correct backlighting and all functions work. The Pioneer stereo has matching illumination, Bluetooth, and aux inputs, and sounds great through premium sound speakers and a Pioneer amp. The ZHP shift knob has no wear. The wire cup holder is an excellent option; I have the same one in my E30. The window and sunroof switches work, as does the central locking system. The driver's side window regulator clicks at the bottom of its travel, but it doesn't affect its operation. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows ice cold. The trunk carpet is clean and the large E28 tool kit is complete. All original manuals are present, along with two keys and keyless entry FOBs.
Mechanical
The records are extensive. We organized the, chronologically and sleeved them in a 3- ring binder. They show obsessive care from the previous owners including regular oil changes, services, and routine maintenance. All modifications are accounted for. The engine rebuild is thoroughly documented with part numbers and invoices. The clutch was also replaced at the time, at roughly 80,000 miles. A compression and leak down test was done when the previous owner purchased it showing excellent compression and less than 3% leak down. In preparation for sale we did a fresh timing belt kit, water pump, valve adjustment, valve cover gasket, cam seal, and oil pan gasket. We also had Mac Autosport spend an entire day refining the tune.
The result is an exceptional E30. It is as crisp and as tight as the day it left the show room, and an example of the result of proper stewardship. The engine starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls incredibly strong to redline. The clutch take up is correct and the shifter is tight and precise--not the spoon in the bowl of spaghetti that some E30s are. The suspension is firm, yet compliant. The poly bushings do squeak occasionally, but nothing that a little poly bushing grease couldn't make quiet. The brakes are quiet and strong with lots of pad life left. There are no driveline or wheel bearing vibrations, and interior is free of leaky seal wind noise or rattles. The exhaust sounds amazing, but does not drone and is tolerable for long road trips.
This E30 is truly an outlier in a population of dwindling exceptional examples. It is not the stanced, flogged, bastardized, beaten, and abused examples that have become the norm--is priced accordingly. That said it is still much cheaper than it would cost to build this car. If you find the diving board bumpers offensive, I will include (but not install) the Euro bumpers / M Tech I bits for an extra $1500. They are matching Delphin grey, but need to be freshly painted to match the car's luster. I will also include the Recaro SE seats for $800. I have several other extras we can talk about too, depending on your goals for the car. I would like to find a new owner who will continue to maintain this E30's pedigree and appreciate it for years to come.
VIN Decode
VIN: WBAAD1309H8830948
Type: AD13
Model: 325i - USA
Development Code: E30
Chassis: LIM
Steering: LL
Doors: 4
Engine: M20
Displacement: 2.50
Power: 168 Horsepower (originally)
Drivetrain: RWD
Transmission: Manual
Color: Delphin Grey Metallic (184)
Upholstery: Black Leather (Schwarz Leder - 0203)
Production Plant: Dingolfing
Production Date: 2/09/1987
Options:
219 Sport Leather Steering Wheel
286 Lm-Rad Styling (Wheels)
401 Sliding / Vent Roof Electric
411 Window Lifts Electric
497 Center Arm Rest Rear
498 Rear Headrests
530 Air Conditioning
540 Cruise Control
551 On-Board Computer
675 BMW Sound System

Glen Shelly is a low volume auto brokerage focused only on the highest quality vehicles. We are two airline pilots, mechanics, and auto enthusiasts who bring a high level of professionalism and attention to detail to the automobile business. Our philosophy is to keep our inventory small so that we can focus on thorough mechanical and cosmetic preparation of the vehicles we select. We have over 20 years of experience restoring and repairing automobiles and are intimately familiar with our cars. We do the inspections, service, detailing, and corrective maintenance using only OEM parts and service manuals. We offer an informed and low-pressure sales environment resulting in a premium buying experience. Find this listing on our website athttp://glenshelly.com/sales/1987-bmw-325i-sedan.