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Top 10: Bargain BMWs

BMW’s rise in the UK from niche player to mainstream megastar has been fascinating to witness over the last thirty-odd years. And, of course, it means there’s now no shortage of modern-classic BMWs from which to choose – many of them available at temptingly low prices.

With a budget of no more than £5000 (or as little as £500 in some cases), you can become the proud owner of a BMW with an impressive spec... but which ones make the best buys? We’ve got together ten of our favourites to tempt you with.

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BMW ‘E30’ Convertible

The second ‘E30’ to feature here is the rag-top version that appeared in 1986 (three years after the saloon) and which nowadays makes a tempting choice. This 3-Series Convertible was one of the best-looking soft-tops of the ’80s, as well as one of the best-built. Sleek, stylish and with a choice of 2.0- or 2.5-litre power, each 3-Series Convertible offered six-cylinder smoothness. Outliving the regular ‘E30’ range, the drop-top version remained on sale through to 1993 – and nowadays you can pick up a decent survivor from as little as £3-4000. For four-seater open-top classic motoring, that’s surely great value.

Read our BMW 'E30' review here


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