A superb BMW E46 316Ti Sport Compact with only 18,507 miles and one owner.
Front occupant airbags, ITS head airbags, side airbags, ISOFIX child restraint system, front fog lights, Park Distance Control, MSport suspension, rear spoiler, heat-insulating glass, electric rear vent windows, electrically adjustable aspheric door mirrors, heated screen washer nozzles, sports front seats, M leather multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, courtesy lights package, on-board computer, cruise control, storage compartment package, boot warning triangle and tool kit. Factory options; M Double Spoke alloy wheels style 97M, graduated tint windscreen, 6-disc CD changer. Dealer accessories; Mud flaps, Royal velour overcarpets.
The exterior of this sporting model is finished in desirable and optional Silver Grey Metallic, (Code A08), and boasts an incredible uniform factory finish with a stunning polished shine. This rare 316Ti Sport model has all the MSport factory enhancements in addition to the Special Equipment model with subtle and purposeful touches including a discreet rear spoiler and sports suspension. Ultra-low miles and strict garage storage by the only owner from new has preserved every aspect of the exterior. Meticulous scrutiny will reveal nothing more than miniscule touched in markings to the rear spoiler and tiny frontal stone chips, barely noteworthy. The underside displays a factory finish that affirms the garage storage and very minimal second car usage. Supplying BMW main dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder remain fitted to this unspoilt example. This desirable BMW 316Ti Sport is simply one of the best.
Opening the solid well engineered doors will transport the owner back to 2004 with an abundance of visual perfection and a new car smell! Finished in Laser Anthracite fabric/alcantara, standard specification for the Ti Sport model, the contoured sports seats provide fantastic support and infinite adjustment. The upholstery including the alcantara bolsters are pristine with no wear, marks or bobbling whatsoever. The driver-orientated cockpit has the factory fitted M leather multi-function steering wheel and M leather gear knob both in immaculate condition. All carpeting has been protected by dealer ordered BMW Royal velour overcarpets and the spotless boot area still has the luggage zip bag and unused toolkit, wheel changing kneeling mat, warning triangle and wheel changing apparatus. Factory labels remain within the immaculate door apertures. A showroom interior condition.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The fuel efficient yet lively BMW 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1796cc produces 115bhp and 175Nm of torque, enough to propel the car from 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph while still offering a combined fuel cycle of 40.4mpg. Full BMW service history with invoices helps ensure optimal performance and lifting the bonnet reveals immaculate presentation with factory plates and stickers intact. The 5-speed manual transmission offers short-throw gear changes which are light, precise and a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The bold 17inch M Double Spoke (Style 97M) alloy wheels were a factory optional upgrade and are in superb order with only very faint scratches to two outer rims. Factory specification Continental ContiSportContact tyres of size 225/45 ZR17 front and 245/40 ZR17 rear remains fitted and the original space saver spare wheel is unused. Large inner vented front and rear discs with ABS incorporating Corning Brake Control (CBC) offer assured, safe and predictable stopping power.
One of the very last Compact Sports registered on the 9th September 2004, this astonishing example has covered an incredibly low 18,507 miles from new with just one owner and full BMW main dealer service history. Supplied by BMW main d ealer, Bateman of Granger-over-Sands, the new vehicle invoice is made out to avid classic car enthusiast, Mr Trevor Malin, who ordered the vehicle on behalf of his wife, Gloria. The invoice details the factory and dealer options specified along with the purchase price of £20,371 less £5,000 part exchange allowance for Mrs Malin’s 1999 Montreal Blue 316i Compact. Quite remarkable is the fact that nobody other than the supplying BMW Main Dealer has ever looked after the car including servicing, maintenance, parts and even annual MOT testing!
All handbooks, stamped service book and point of sale literature are contained within the black leather BMW wallet and the very comprehensive full history file consists of every BMW invoice for servicing, maintenance, parts and even every MOT from the very first in 2007. Furthermore, there are service check sheets and even the original PDI checklist signoff. The car has been serviced in accordance with Condition Based Servicing with the next not due for another 14,650 miles. Completing the history file are two original BMW keys both with supplying dealer fobs and a BMW E46 Compact range sales brochure. KGF Classic Cars were delighted to be contacted by Mr and Mrs Malin who have decided upon retirement to run just one vehicle and the opportunity to purchase such an amazing example from the original owner was not to be missed! This too is a unique opportunity for the next owner and virtually impossible to better.
MOT September 2021, HPI Clear.
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