Powerful, beautiful, quick, nimble, and loaded, this 1989 BMW 325i convertible should be on your list of desirable classic drivers

So instead of waiting for this to be a high-dollar vintage, maybe it’s time you take home this premium but affordable drop-top.

Cirrus Blue is a terrific-looking color. It has a silvery and sophisticated tone that also loves to really pop when the sunlight hits it. And there’s an overall attractiveness of a car with such straight sheet metal. It’s a testament both to how well the car was cared for over the years as well as the quality that you get when you pay for a premium European. That’s why this actual mileage car looks and feels far younger than cars from budget brands. And you’ll love the details, like how the folding top is done in a darker blue to complement the paint like only a good European can. BMW started using the lattice-style wheel on the later 3-Series cars to distinguish the upper-level cars like the 325i drop-top.

If you like the way the darker blue roof looks against the exterior, then you’ll love taking it down to show off the well-preserved and well-presented dark blue leather interior. It’s loaded with all the best features, like power windows, power locks, cruise control, power steering, and an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo. Cold-blowing air conditioning means staying cool even with the top down in the summertime. BMW truly builds driver’s cars, and you feel it the moment you sit in the sports seat that’s engineered to be all-day comfortable. The three-spoke steering wheel feels great in your hands, the essential instruments wrap around you in the dash, and the full VDO gauge package gives you a large speedo and tach.

This is the era of BMW’s super-smooth inline-six motors, and this 2.5-liter fuel-injected powerhouse is a gem. It’s a strong runner that’s quite adaptable no matter if you feel like performance driving or luxury cruising. That’s also because the five-speed manual transmission lets you turn this into a performance drop-top with one quick downshift. The sport-tuned fully independent suspension is further enhanced by the four-wheel power disc brake package and Yokohama tires. So yes, this is the kind of car that can go from a commuter machine to a backroads burner at a moment’s notice – making it the ideal all-around classic.

Price: $23,995

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