Allow us to explain. Although this may look to the uninitiated like the true 1980s icon that is the BMW 3-series convertible it is, in fact, one of the final versions of the coachbuilt Baur 'Top Convertible'. This was the open-topped predecessor to the first full-on factory convertible, and sold for a while in BMW dealerships alongside its rather more elegant successor.
For some reason, though, all this makes it immensely appealing. There's an honesty and a simplicity to this white cab that's missing from the soft-tops of the 21st century. The exposed rollover protection, sparse equipment, the utter absence of any performance ambitions; this car is simply about driving with the roof off - and nothing else matters.
Still, if you fancy making the most of a spot of summer sun (and be quick, because Wimbledon's on so it's bound to rain soon), we can't think of a less pretentious way to enjoy it.
Our vendor has produced a rather enigmatic advert, so we can't exactly tell you a lot about the car, but it seems to have survived in decent condition during the course of its entirely reasonable 132k miles, and its (alleged) two lady owners have kept it regularly serviced.
Advert is reproduced below
BMW 316 Baur
Two lady owners - regularly serviced - fair condition.
MOT Jan 2011
1988, 132000 Miles