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1997 E36 BMW 323i 2.5 Six Cylinder Special Equipment Manual Coupe
36900 Miles - 1 Lady Owner From New
Sports Leather Seats
Unique Original Survivor
A true modern classic....

P230 HJM
First registered 15.04.1997 by BMW GB distribution centre in Thorne and sent
onto BMW dealer in Fawdington as a dealer demonstrator/press car. Most likely
used by management the dealer clocked up 9527 miles before servicing and
selling it on to a Mrs Swan of Blackpool on 23.07.1997, she has owned the car
ever since. Surely a story and history that will be hard to replicate. The
car has never been abused, driven hard, had kids or dogs clambering in it and
as such as is an untouched original survivor, at some 22 years old the vehicle
is an emerging modern classic.

Optional Factory Specification
- Sports Leather Caramel Seats
- Full wood pack inc gear knob and hand brake lever
- Colour coded carpet mat set
- Digital climate control
- Air conditioning

On The Road
I cannot recall driving any six-cylinder three series that feels as box fresh
as this. Rarely will you encounter a straighter more honest model, the engine
is totally silent from cold and when revved emits the characteristic sewing
machine sound. Silken smooth creamy power delivery and classic manual gearbox
rear wheel drive handling.

The E36
Probably the best built 3 series cars of them all, the E36 comes from a Golden
age of motoring with a tangible depth to the engineering, on the road these
cars possess a feedback to the driver that later models could not hold a light
to, the ultimate driving machine for a reason requiring proper drive input.
The market will turn up a few models available in various guise, over the years
we have traded them all, good bad exceptional and indifferent, this one being
enthusiast owned has no faults at all that I can determine and have driven it at
length over the last few days. It is poker straight on the road and I mean
completely poised as an 6 cylinder BMW should be, quality suspension components
with no crash or hard ride compromise, equally, no rattles or bangs, everything
also works as intended. No mechanical complaints, this is a low mile’s top example
maintained using oem genuine parts, the clutch feels fantastic and the brakes
spot on.

Virtually no cosmetic shortcomings, none of the usual rust round arches and sills,
no evidence of it all, paint is a real credit to its years, highly glossed with few
blemishes. The wheels equally are original, and I might add well-polished up and not
flat with poor recoating. All tyres good front to rear. The many images tell the
honest story.

The service history is comprehensive with 10 entries. A summary of some of the most
recent work is listed below. Just 600 miles ago the braking system was overhauled.

- New front brake discs
- New front brake pads
- 2 new front brake calliper’s
- New front brake hoses
- Brake fluid changed
- New BMW bonnet badge due to peeling
- Full service carried out at 35758 miles (1100 miles ago)

Full owners pack accompanies with all manuals. The spare is a full-size alloys with
a decent tyre, all tools in toolkit & warning triangle.

Other Information
Full new style V5
Hpi clear in all respects
Three keys
Complete leather owners pack
Complete toolkit
Locking wheel key
Mot 19/09/2019
All tyres good - Correct size
Spare wheel is full size alloy with good tyre
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Warning triangle
Glove box torch

This model with low miles will look after its own residual, surely one for the
collector or serious enthusiast, this car needs a garage and dry sunny drives. One
of the later E36 models to run of the line, built to a very high standard indeed.



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