1992 BMW 318iC Design Edition

If you really want to stand apart from the standard E30 crowd, some of the limited production models that never came here are a sure-fire bet to draw attention. Late in the E30 run, BMW developed a special run of E30s called the ‘Design Editions’. These were effectively just appearance packages with splashy colors; Daytona Violet, Neon Blue and today’s feature color, Neon Green Metallic 262. Each was matched with a special interior fabric, here in 0464 with Neon Green accents. Underneath, these were effectively stock E30s otherwise, so you got a M42 inline-4 rated at 140 horsepower and here mated to a normal 5-speed manual. While the drivetrain isn’t anything exotic, certainly the limited nature of this model is – as only 50 Neon Green Metallic Design Edition 318iCs were produced:

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Convertible Week: 1992 BMW 318iC

With warmer weather around the corner for parts of the US, open air motoring is no doubt on the mind of many. This week at GCFSB, we’ll be focusing on convertibles of all kinds, from cruisers to sports cars. To kick off the week, here’s a modified E30 Cabriolet with some eye catching aftermarket pieces for sale just south of San Francisco.

Year: 1992
Model: 318iC
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 157,370
Price: $16,750

1992 BMW 318iC on eBay

Also open to trade/cash arrangements for Citroen DS or Porsche 911 (993 series only).

Vehicle information
VIN long WBABA7311NEJ12395
Type code BA73
Type 318I (USA)
Dev. series E30 (C)
Line 3
Body type CABRIO
Steering LL
Door count 2
Engine M42
Cubical capacity 1.80
Power 103
Transmision HECK
Gearbox MECH
Colour SCHWARZ (086)
Upholstery SCHWARZ KUNSTLEDER (0166)
Prod. date 1991-09-10

Order options
No. Description
242 DRIVER AIR BAG+SERIES STRG WHL RIM(PUR)
286 BMW LM RAD/BMW STYLING
370 STOFFVERDECK SCHWARZ
530 AIR CONDITIONING
556 EXTERIOR TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
675 BMW SOUND SYSTEM
925 SHIPPING PROTECTION PACKAGE

1992 Triple Black E30 318IC Cabrio:

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Engine
Coil On Plug Conversion
Cusco Catch Can
Dinan Chip
Stebro Exhaust
Maganflow High Flow Cat
K&N Air filter
M-Tech Oil Cap
New OEM radiator, water pump, hoses and fan clutch
New OEM intake elbow

Handling/Footwork
H&R Lowering Springs
H&R Hubcentric Wheel Spacers
Ireland Engineering Swaybar Endlinks
M3 Offset Bushings
Bilstein Shocks
Dinan Front Brace
Dinan Swaybars
16” BBS RS Rep Wheels
New OEM front control arms and end links
New OEM upper strut mounts front and rear
New OEM brake rotors and Pagid pads front and rear

Drivetrain
4.10 LSD
Dinan/UUC Shift Kit (Z4 Linkage)
New OEM Clutch Assembly

Exterior
Euro Shadowline trim (chrome delete)
Euro M3 EVO Bumper Seal and Hood Seals
Euro M3 Trunk Seals
Euro front and rear bumper trim (side marker delete)
Euro “Eyebrow” Front Grill
Black Out Kidney
Hella Smoked Euro Ellipsoid Headlights
MHW Smoked Turn Signals
MHW All Red Tails
Bonrath Mono Wiper
Lamin-X headlight and foglight shields
Euro Headlight Wipers
Front BavAuto License Plate Eliminator
Debadged Trunk/Shaved 3rd brake Light
Racing Dynamics Rear Apron
New OEM Euro Rear Filler Plate
New OEM IS fog lights
New OEM Power Antenna
Smoked front signals lenses
Polarg bulbs throughout
Factory Paint Respray

Interior/Audio
Bazooka 10” Amplified Subwoofer
Hardwired Valentine 1 radard detector
Genuine Alpina retrim on seats, headrests, door cards and change slot
Alpina Shift boot and ebrake cover
Hella Steering Wheel with Momo hub
OEM hardtop with new headliner
M-tech pedal set with dead pedal
New OEM armrest/cup holder
Aluminum Gauge Cluster trim rings
Euro Instrument Check Panel
Rear Headrest Conversion
Sony MASK Stereo
CDT Component Speakers
JBL Amplifier
New alarm system with keyless entry and window control (staggered raise)
New OEM floormats
Polarg bulbs throughout

Misc/Fluids
Motul 600
Mobile One
Current California Smog
Clean Title In Hand

I was reminiscing with a fellow petrolhead the other day about how much I miss my ’88 325is. Of all the BMWs throughout history, this particular 3 series will always stand a little higher above the rest. An E30 convertible wouldn’t be my first choice if I was going to get another E30, but this one is certainly a looker. With the four cylinder engine, it’s not the quickest car off the line, but I like the mods on this particular one, from the interior trim to the rims. It’s not too overdone and doesn’t stray too much from the proper period look. I doubt the car will sell for the asking price, especially considering that it is about the entry point for higher mileage E30 M3s. To the right person, we might be looking at a $10,000 to $12,000 car.

-Paul

1991 BMW 318iC

Of the E30 range, the models that seem to get the most attention are the original M3 and 325is. I’ve never driven an E30 M3, but I owned an E30 325is and must admit that car left a lasting impression. To this day, I keep going back and forth, wondering whether to sell the Cooper S for a clean, original E30. This time would be different, though. I’ve been on the hunt for mint condition examples of the 318is coupe. This is a model frequently overlooked but in need of respect. While it foregoes the smooth 2.5 liter six cylinder mill, the 1.8 liter twin cam four cylinder engine is more economical and still pumps out 142 horsepower, which is 26 less than the six cylinder unit. Today this might seem short on power, but with a curb weight of just over 2,600 lbs., you don’t have that much to haul around. While not a fixed roof, this convertible for sale in California is making the right noises. If only it was closer and I had a buyer lined up for the Cooper S…

1991 BMW 318iC on eBay

I’m selling my 1991 BMW 318 ic convertible with 58,286 original miles. Runs and drives Excellent. This car is always garaged and driven only on weekends. It is always adult driven and never abused. The engine is the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder. Engine runs excellent with no issues. It has the original 5 speed manual transmission. It goes into all the gears with no grinding or slipping issues. No sloppiness in the shifter, it has good bushings. It has a Navy Blue leatherette interior with no cuts or tears in the sports seats or rear seats. They are in excellent condition. The carpets are clean and not soiled and the convertible non-motorized top is an original BMW with a new back window in great condition. The dashboard is in perfect condition with no cracks. The body is in exceptional shape with the Alpine White paint in better than excellent condition. It may have been repainted at some point, but if so it is an exceptional job. Care was taken to remove all trim, emblems, and lights. It has no dents, dings or scrapes. Absolutely no rust on the body. It has the original factory 14″ BBS wheels with near new matching set of tires (tires not shown in the photos).

The A/C system works great and blows ice cold. All the windows and mirrors function correctly. The convertible top is an excellent condition. It has no rips or tears and functions correctly. The radio tuner and all dash components function correctly. It has the original factory exhaust system that is in great shape. It rides on the stock suspension and works excellent. The brake system is in excellent condition. Feel free to contact me with anything that I haven’t covered here.

Part of the history report:

AUTO CHECK REPORT
1991 BMW 3-Series 318iC
Report Run Date: 2011-07-04 18:00:04.369 EDT
Report Summary

Class: Upscale – Near Luxury
Engine: 1.8L I4 EFI
Country of Assembly: Germany
Vehicle Age: 20 year(s)
Calculated Owners: 3

VIN: WBABA7314MEJ11160
Year: 1991
Make: BMW
Model: 3-Series 318iC
Style/Body: Convertible 2D

This vehicle’s AutoCheck Score: 36

Personally, I’d rather have a 318is coupe of the same vintage, but this convertible would be fun. The best 318iC might bring $8,000 to $10,000 and I’d suspect the buyer is looking for something close to that range. I’ve always been a fan of the white on blue canvas top combination, as it gives off a decidedly nautical feel. The 5-speed gearbox is also a must to involve the driver and make the most of the twin cam’s powerband. It won’t be a barn stormer, but that’s not what a car like this is about. A car like this is about cheap, simple thrills from an era where you didn’t program the navigation system before setting off. You just went. Like Marlon Brandon said in The Wild One, “going somewhere is for squares. We just go.”

-Paul

1991 BMW 318iC

The BMW E30 was an icon of the 1980s and had serious staying power, as you still see many on the roads today. They combined quality, reliability and performance in one neat, compact package. Offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible or estate (which was never sold stateside), they were available with a variety of four and six cylinder engines. Toward the end of the E30’s life, the 318 moniker made a return, albeit with a completely new 1.8 liter engine, with twin cams, 16 valves and 142 horsepower. Even though I loved my 1988 325is with it’s creamy smooth 2.5 liter six, I’ve always admired the E30s with the M42 four cylinder, as they were they most advanced engines offered in the E30 from new and had an air of honest simplicity about them. Even though I’d rather have the hardtop 318is, this 318iC is a mint example of late model E30 goodness.

1991 BMW 318iC on eBay

BMW 1991 (1.91) 318ic Convertible Silver (Sterlingsilber-metallic) with Black interior & Soft top. Two owner California example. Second owner purchased the car with 28k miles in 1997 a CPO (certif-pre-own) from BMW in San Francisco Bay Area. I am personally a BMW E30 collector and bought this to add to my two other cars (’89 EVO M3, ’84 Euro 323i Baur Cabrio). It took a year after I discovered this car to get the owner to actually sell. I have decided to part with a few of my cars so this one must go. Included with the car is a very complete service history which spans from 7/97 to present. Majority of invoice’s from the BMW dealer. This car was very well maintained with no expense spared. The car runs and drives perfectly. Cosmetically the pictures should speak for themselves. Perhaps the rarest and most beautiful color combination available for the E30 Cabriolets. Interior is near mint and all original. Soft top excellent and according to records replaced a few years back. Overall the car is quite original with the exception of dealer added 16″ BMW alloys with Yokohama 205/55-16″ and recent radio upgrade (Kenwood Sat radio).

This is possibly one of the least performance oriented E30s you can buy, but at least the car isn’t an automatic. I always liked the late model 318 E30s. They are simple and unpretentious, and in silver with a black roof like this convertible, sharp looking as well. In an age of electronic complexity and contrived automotive styling, this 318iC is a breath of fresh air.

-Paul