1998 BMW 328i (E36)
Desirable, late model manual 2.8 litre E36 Coupe; factory M-tech suspension; non-sunroof car showing just 59,772 miles
Supplied new by Dick Lovett of Bristol in February 1998 this smart, late model E36 generation Coupe comes in highly desirable 328i guise and is finished in ‘HellRot’ Red and sits on its original 10-spoke 15" alloy wheels shod with Avon tyres.
The factory options for this Coupe (according to an online BMW Vin# de-coder) include desirable factory M-Sports suspension (S704), electric windows (S410), warning triangle & first aid kit (S428), interior mirror with automatic dip (S431), through-loading system (S465), fog lights (S520), vertical head lamp control (S510), automatic air conditioning (S534), check control (S542), automatic stability control (S214), adj. steering column (S246), sports leather steering wheel (S255) along with Anthracite cloth interior, original BMW radio/cassette player and glovebox torch.
Under the bonnet, we find the powerful 2.8-litre M52B28 straight-six engine developing 190bhp and 280nm of torque driving the rear wheels here through BMW’s slick five-speed manual gearbox giving exciting performance – no wonder so many non-sunroof coupes like this have since been turned into trackday weapons and race/drift cars.
This example shows just 59,772 miles and has seen only limited use for the last few years. The online MOT history shows the car was submitted for MOT every year (bar 2020) the mileage rising steadily from 9,209 in 2005 to the current, suggesting the mileage indicated to be correct.
The history file includes the V5C showing just three former keepers (the last two being father and son), an old V5C, two keys + emergency key, owner’s pack and service book with only the supplying dealer stamp and lots of loose pages, some of which look to have fallen out over time, a few bills for a new battery in November 2021 and service kit in January 2022 at which time the car was presented for MOT, valid until January 2023 recording just two advisories for deteriorated front Anti-roll bar dust covers on both sides.
Presenting very well, the car looks gleaming, without any marks or corrosion to the bodywork to note, the underside also looking dry and tidy (see images) which were taken at the time of service, this January. The interior is tidy with only some limited and common looseness of the door card material, some limited signs of sag to the original head lining and fading of the pixels to the check-control screen.
We expect the bidding to be exciting on this car given its low ownership, low mileage and rarity - being a 328 Coupe with manual transmission, no sunroof and in completely unmolested order wearing its original wheels, bumpers and interior – all aspects which are hard to find, and highly prized nowadays.
Documents: V5C; owner's pack & service book; invoices; 3 keys; 1 old MOT; MOT Jan 2023 with 2 advisories
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