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1977 BMW 320i

On its own, the 320i is not a terrible car. But when you consider the vehicles that preceded and succeeded it (the 2002 and E30 3 series, respectively), well, it’s no wonder this has become a bit of a footnote in BMW history, even if it was the first car to wear the 3 series badge. A lot of these early 3ers have been long since forgotten and used up, but this 320i for sale in Colorado has bucked the trend, looking fresh with only 25,000 miles on the clock.


Year: 1977
Model: 320i
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 25,000 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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1977 BMW 320i

This BMW 320i is a very nice original survivor. The car has less than 25k miles. Probably one of the most original 320i you will find. The interior is in nice shape. The dash is not cracked and the car has always been garaged. This car is equipped with a four cylinder and a manual four speed transmission. Recent up keep (April 4, 2013) includes: Replaced rear wheel cylinders and brake shoes. The brake and clutch hydraulic system has been flushed out. The charge indicator dash light burned out causing the car not to charge; the bulb was replaced and the car charges properly. This has always been a non-smoking car. Original steel wheels. The car just passed Colorado’s emission test. I have a clear title in my name.

The Good:
Nice original interior
Exterior paint is nice
Original Blaupunkt Radio
Nice body (maybe one spot of rust see picture)
It’s a four speed!
My mechanic and everyone else love the car.

The not so Good:
The passenger seat fabric needs a little attention.
A few body dings nothing major hard to see
The Radiator fan is electric and it’s noisy
Tool kit missing a couple of tools
No A/C (Vintage Air makes a Trunk mounted system)

Please email me if you have any questions.


It won’t grab the attention of most readers on this blog, but for a teenager learning how to drive or someone needing a cheap, economical, short-distance commuter vehicle, this 320i could certainly fit the bill. In either situation, it offers a lot of character lacking amongst many compact vehicles these days, which still being a relatively safe vehicle to drive in modern day traffic. Other than the low mileage and condition, there’s nothing that stands out from the ordinary with this car. With good E30s starting at $4,000 to $5,000 and up, I’d suspect this one will wind up somewhere around that mark. Anything more, and you start getting into the territory where more interesting, modern and powerful options become available.



  1. Jayson D.
    Jayson D. June 6, 2013

    wow! great find Paul!

  2. Kelly Bonds
    Kelly Bonds June 6, 2013

    This is the second time around because it didn’t meet reserve the first time. It is really an econobox alternative, and you are right, Paul. Once you start getting into the money with his one, a lot of more interesting alternatives pop up.

  3. Das
    Das June 6, 2013

    I, for one, hope this isn’t bought by a teen learning to drive. Granted, it’s a bit nondescript, but it’s pure and basic and undoubtedly fun as a result.

  4. Larry
    Larry June 6, 2013

    This is at least Round 3 on ebay, with the previous auction getting to $4250. Sure, you can get a $4000 E30, but not with this mileage or condition. Of course, it’s unlikely the seller is setting his reserve based on available alternatives – more likely he’s thinking, “ultra-low mileage E21 in great condition = big bucks” and setting the reserve accordingly.

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  7. Wes
    Wes June 10, 2013

    I can’t speak to value but I think it is unfair to compare the E21 to the 2002 and E30 when considering its place in automotive history. Consider instead what was being sold in the US when the car was first introduced in 1975. For example, the 1975 Motor Trend COTY was the Chevy Monza.

  8. Larry
    Larry June 10, 2013

    Thanks for that perspective, Wes! That fact certainly jacks up the appeal of this little 3 even further…

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