Now available for auction is this 2005 BMW E46 330Ci finished in Imola Red over a black leather interior. From 2003-2006, BMW offered the Performance Package (ZHP) for the E46 330i including upgraded shocks, springs, lower control arms, sway bars, and more aggressive camshafts as well as special Alcantara interior trim and an M Tech 2 aerodynamic kit for the exterior. This 6-speed 2005 example was originally sold from BMW of Ridgefield, Connecticut, where it was later traded in and purchased as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle before moving to Florida with its second owner in 2009. A coveted version of one of the most celebrated 3-Series, this ZHP-equipped E46 is now being offered for auction showing just over 60k miles on the odometer.
This 330Ci comes finished in Imola Red (405) with a black convertible soft top, ZHP-specific bumper covers and side skirts, dual exhaust tips, fog lamps, LED taillights, and optional xenon adaptive headlights with washers. This E46 rides on distinctive M-badged BMW Style 135 wheels mounted with Toyo tires from 2017. Some scrapes are depicted on the lower front spoiler and the seller notes a few touched-up paint chips throughout the exterior, detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.
The interior of this E46 is upholstered in black Montana leather with ZHP-specific Aluminum Black Cube trim, an Anthracite headliner, a perforated leather-wrapped multifunction M-Sport steering wheel, a weighted ZHP short shifter knob, and orange instrument needles as opposed to the standard white color. Other features include power-adjustable and heated sport seats with lumbar support, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain sensor, and Harmon-Kardon Sound System. The seller reports some wear to the steering wheel and sun damage on the passenger seat.
The 330Ci is equipped with a 3.0L M54 inline six-cylinder engine, featuring double-VANOS variable valve timing and more aggressive camshafts and ECU tuning included with the ZHP package. The 6-speed manual transmission benefits from a shortened ZHP gear ratio and sends as much as 235 HP and 222 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels, an increase of 10 HP and 8 lb.-ft of torque over the standard 330Ci. The ZHP package also equips a specialized suspension with sport-tuned shocks, springs, lower control arms, and anti-roll bars, as well as a unique lightweight underbody cross brace and a linear steering rack with a stiffer torsion bar. The CARFAX report shows a lifetime of maintenance through authorized BMW dealerships, the most recent being an oil service and maintenance inspection completed by Coggin BMW Treasure Coast of Fort Pierce, Florida in December of 2020. An oil service was also just recently carried out in preparation for sale.
This sale will include the original window sticker, owner’s manuals, toolkit, and a clean title. With its sought-after ZHP package and Imola Red finish, this 6-speed 330Ci will likely appreciate in value and collectability for years to come. Do not let this incredible opportunity pass you by.