Picking up the reins from the very basic E21 315 model that was introduced some 40 years ago, the E30 316 was the entry-level model for the the newly introduced chassis in 1983. While the model introduced new styling, the basic 316 carried over the 1.6-liter M10 from the 315 model as a very basic entry-level edition.
There’s an appealing simplicity to these early no-frills cars, and this one has already been imported. Let’s take a look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 BMW 316 on eBay
Engine: 1.6 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 101,000 mi
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now
BMW 3-Series. 316 with original brown tinted windshield and windows, very clean, original radio installed. Comes with all original manuals and documents and two sets of keys. Manual transmission with no oil leaks and serviced regularly. No accidents with clean title. Own a piece of BMW history. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
What’s to like? They’re very basic, and that’s generally a good thing. Not only is there less to break, it allows you to just focus on the things you find appealing in the E30 chassis – the handsome shape, devoid of all the later body kits, simple wheels, and a hands-on driving experience. Granted, the M10 won’t really light any fires, but if you like the concept of the basic 2002, this is a worthy successor. Condition appears to be very good, and the asking price isn’t outrageous in E30 terms. You could certainly do worse.