Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1983 BMW 320is

The E21 was the first BMW to be called a 3 Series. It set the tone for every 3 Series that followed.

Outside of the US, these are incredibly nice looking, fun to drive cars. Here we got giant bumpers and an emissions strangled 1.8 liter engine, which took away some of the appeal of the car. Still, the E21 is a better car than most of the cars sold here in the late 1970s and 1980s.

It had a tough act to follow, being the replacement for the 2002. It was a bit more luxurious than the '02, but - arguably - a bit less sporty.

This is a 320is. The "s" is for "sport". The "s" came with Recaro seats, a great looking 3 spoke steering wheel, a front airdam, a limited slip differential, sport wheels and larger diameter swaybars.

This car is in amazing condition. E21s rusted badly. After the E30 3 Series was introduced, the value of E21s dropped and many were bought cheap and abused to death. There are very few E21s left in general and of those, very few are "s" cars.

This car is located in San Francisco and is being offered for the very realistic price - given its condition - of $4950.00

Click here to see the Craigslist ad.


pickles said...

I think maybe it already sold. The ad is removed by the seller. Good for someone! I've always like the first 3 series- visually. There's a clean, honesty about the design. I've never driven one- yet rear wheel drive in a washing machine might be fun, so I bet it's a nice ride.

Chris Keen said...

Feels like a sanitized 2002. I looked at one when I was buying my first car, and after that I didn't look at another.

This is a pretty sweet one though... maybe I'd do an E21 323i.

TGM said...

I had a 83 IS, same color. Great engine, fun car, but too small for my taste, especially in width, not enough elbow room. I'd take a 2002 over one of these any day (more roomy).