Launched in 1992 for U.S. shores, the third generation 3-series instantly cemented itself as the new benchmark. In fact, for all of the attention fawned on ‘God’s Chariot’ (the E30), the reality is that the 3-series didn’t appear on notoriously BMW-leaning Car and Driver‘s Ten-Best list until the 1992 model year. Equipped with the M50 DOHC 189 horsepower inline-6, the modern yet still driver-oriented design would go on to become a regular thereafter. They were a sales success too, and like the E30 was for some time, they’re currently being largely ignored in the used market. After all, if you can get a clean M3 in the teens, why would you buy a 325i instead?
Well, this one is an interesting counterpoint. Someone obviously loved it a lot, and this E36 convertible is chock-full of options and neat accessories. And, it’s only got 18,000 miles:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 325i Convertible on eBay
Model: 325i Convertible
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,000 mi
Location: Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Price: $25,998 Buy It Now
The selling dealer presents little other than this car is ‘Calypso Red Metallic’, which is wrong. It’s actually Hellrot (314), alternatively known as Bright Red and Light Red. Either way, it’s not metallic. What’s cool here is the color-matching hardtop, which is a rare find on any E36, and this one also has what appears to be a dealer-installed rear spoiler. It’s not what I would want personally, but it’s also neat to see a high-spec car. Additional options include Hi-Fi sound, power-adjustable front seats, and fine wood trim. Then someone slapped a massive front strut bar, an aftermarket exhaust, and sisal floor mats in to top it off.
The M50 hooked to an automatic isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it probably suits the character of the car well. Pricing seems steep at $26,000, but then you could not get an M3 in this condition with this low mileage at that price. I think it’s overpriced for the market as it is and you’re better off with the later convertibles, but it is neat to see.