Time-Warp BMW E46s – Values Sky-Rocketing
Hexagon Classics has recently acquired a trio of E46 Coupes in essentially factory-fresh condition. Collectively, these cars have amassed less than 7,000 miles and are quite possibly the lowest mileage examples of their type on sale today.
There is a catch, however, and it is something that has been a feature of the Porsche world for a while, and is increasingly percolating through to other brands. The most expensive of the three cars offered by Hexagon is priced at £49,995, so the big story is perhaps the soaring prices of what are, when you strip them down to their bare bones, common-or-garden mid 2000s BMWs. That’s not to say they’re not a wise investment, however.
First up, and with just 1,300 miles on the clock is a 2005 Silver Grey with Black Dakota leather interior 330Ci M Sport. It’s well specified, with an automatic gearbox, electric glass sunroof, electric front driver seats and 18-inch M Sport double spoke alloy wheels. Moreover, BMW’s creamy smooth 228hp M54 straight six lurks under the bonnet. Barely run in, this particular car will set you back £20,990.
Next up in the price stakes is a 2002 330Ci Clubsport. With just 3,200 miles on the odometer, it has averaged just 230 miles per year since it hit the road.
Presented in Estoril Blue with black alcantara and leather seats, this limited production version of the 330Ci Coupe comes with 18-inch Clubsport alloy wheels, a Clubsport rear spoiler and front bumper aerodynamic splitters. To buy it you’ll need a fiver shy of £24,000.
The last of these time-warp 3-Series being offered is the much revered M3. Offered in Alpine White with black leather interior, this 2005 car is effectively brand new, having driven 2,300 miles during its lifetime. Factory fitted options include the SMG paddleshift gearbox, a Harmon Kardon stereo, voice control and an electric sunblind to the rear window.
Of course, the highlight of the show is the S54 3.2-litre straight six which produces a still considerable 338hp giving the E46 M3 performance equivalent to Porsche 911s of the same era with a chassis to match. It will, however, cost you £49,995 for the pleasure of owning this car.
So are these prices really justifiable when a tidy 330Ci can be had for as little as £2,000? Well it depends on your perspective. Whilst still fantastic cars to drive and live with day-to-day, it’s hard to say that they’re worth the money just as ‘cars’ when you bear in mind what £50k buys you today. However, as investment pieces; as cars to be enjoyed sparingly and cared for without compromise, they’re probably a good bet. Realistically you’re unlikely to find any better examples no matter how hard you scour the globe, and with Hexagon Classics providing a warranty as well as its renowned customer service, these E46 3-Series’ start looking like good value.
For more details, head on over to: https://hexagonclassics.com/