M-Technic Kit: 1992 BMW 318ic

Although I consider myself somewhat of an expert in all things E30-platform related, this 1992 BMW 318ic took me by surprise as it’s fitted with the desirable M-Technic package. I don’t recall seeing the lower-tier 318 with this package from the factory, and I’m still not convinced it ever did as this car has a few clues indicating it’s not original. Still, it’s a looker and a nicely preserved one at that. Find it here on eBay with a $7,500 Buy-It-Now.

The M-Technic cars are desirable among BMW classic fans today, even though the package amounted to mostly a dress-up kit with some a subtle bodykit and firmer suspension, along with 15″ basketweave-style alloy wheels. The interiors are quite desirable for its combination leather and cloth, the latter of which features a unique MTech striped pattern with corresponding inserts in the door panels. One of the first indications that this car had the kit swapped on is the bumpers: they should be color-coded to the car, with the black inserts painted to match.

On the inside, this is a standard E30 interior (although a desirable one). Perforated black vinyl sport seats are a nice upgrade, but a far cry from what was standard in the M-Technic package cars. Now, because of that, the interiors in an original M-Technic were often swiped for transferring into a lesser car, so there’s always a chance that this is yet another false positive on what could be a genuine M-Technic package vehicle. Certainly, the bumpers could have been replaced in an accident and the interior may have been swapped if the cloth/leather buckets were destroyed by the sun.

However, I don’t think I’m wrong: I ran the VIN through a decoder tool I use and it shows no mention of option code S771, which is the M-Technic package. In addition, that same application shows this car as originally being green with tan vinyl, so there’s a few questions as to this car’s provenance. Regardless, even if a full repaint has occurred, the installation of the M-Technic kit is a welcomed upgrade, and white over black is a sharp combination – but it will likely not command the same kind of value a genuine M-Technic car does.

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  1. Bakyrdhero

    I’d drop $7500 on this even with the question marks. Nice summer cruiser.

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  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Man, divorce is painful! 6K in repairs in the last year with an ask of $7,500. 5 speed topless fun, how could you go wrong? Good eye on the M-Technic package details Jeff. Fly in and take the looooong way home.

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  3. U.K. Paul 🇬🇧

    318 definitely had option of M Technic kit fitted in UK. I saw lots back it the day including on touring.

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  4. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Ended: Jun 14, 2019 , 3:42PM
    Price:US $7,500.00

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