In stock now is this stunning BMW 318i Design Edition Convertible. This is 1 of 50 Design Editions produced in this unique Metallic Neon Green making it one of the rarest E30’s ever made. This 318i was first registered in August 1991 and has only covered 38,969 miles since as well as having only 2 previous keepers. The car comes with the added extra of a genuine hardtop and as you can see from the images it is immaculate.
The convertible version of the E30 went into production in right-hand-drive form in June 1986, six months after the left-hand-drive domestic models. It was initially only offered with 6-cylinder engines, but in response to customer demand the more economical 4-cylinder 1800cc engine was added. This was followed in April 1991 by the 318i ‘Design Convertible’ edition which, although developed by the Motorsport division, was a purely cosmetic exercise using the standard 318i mechanical package. Made in limited numbers and offered in just two metallic colours, Neon Blue or Neon Green, it featured BBS cross-spoked alloy wheels, anthracite sports seats and other extras which, at under £20,000, made it a very attractive showroom proposition.
The engineering and design development of the E30 convertible’s hood was done by Shaer Waechter of Dusseldorf who succeeded in designing a mechanism that BMW approved for factory production despite previous contractors Baur and Karmann submitting proposals. Engineers dubbed the hood’s folding action ‘top-dead-centre’ and had to support the hood frame with six transverse hood bars and seven longitudinal side bars. A total of 28 Teflon seated bearings were used on this large 4-seater’s hood which were claimed to be life-long maintenance free and gave the hand operated mechanism, which packed neatly away under a panel behind the rear seats, a very smooth easy to use action. Power operated systems were developed later but the initial sophisticated and very watertight design remained.
As always this car comes with our (12 months warranty, tax, mot as well as a car cover and optimate…etc).