BMW Hartge H26 Cabriolet is Black and White and Alluring

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5series.net 1990 BMW Hartge H26 Cabriolet

Modified 1990 BMW 3 Series convertible features cosmetic and performance goodies from Hartge and Alpina.

There’s a strong aftermarket support network for the BMW 3 Series, no matter which generation you’re talking about. There are several companies out there who will be happy to help you give your 3 Series a cool new wrap, better-looking wheels (which is generally hard to do on a BMW), more power, firmer springs, quicker shifts, or a richer exhaust note. The RM Sotheby’s Hartge H26 Cabriolet convertible you see here has been tweaked by two different BMW-enhancing companies: Hartge and Alpina.

It has a certain late ’80s/early ’90s coolness to it. The front end features two large eyebrows that span the tops of the four round headlights. The horizontal grille bars and the slats in the twin-kidney are white, matching the air-hungry front clip and the rest of the blocky body.

5series.net 1990 BMW Hartge H26 Cabriolet

Badges on the driver’s side of the grille and trunk lid tell onlookers that Hartge turned its wrenches on this drop top. According to the listing, this one-owner Bimmer is equipped with Hartge’s H26 package, which includes “a performance exhaust, Hartge control unit chip, cam, valve covers, headers, (and) front and rear spoilers.” Total engine output is 215 horsepower—a figure well north of what the stock 325i produced back in the day.

5series.net 1990 BMW Hartge H26 Cabriolet

The spindly wheel spokes surround the Alpina logo, which also appears in the middle of the steering wheel. The interior looks remarkably fresh for being nearly 30 years old. The tan seats have some use wrinkles in them, but none of them are that deep and there are no tears or cracks to speak of.

RM Sotheby’s believes this car is one of only 341 1990 model year 325i convertibles sold in Canada. The Hartge and Alpina mods make it even more special. Too bad it doesn’t have three pedals and a stick, though.

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