The E21 is an underappreciated gem in the classic BMW market. While many of the prime examples we’ve seen for sale have been low-mileage survivors, they have also been demanding prices in the mid-teens, which is several orders of magnitude higher than what standard, stock examples cost. Today’s is a fun compromise, combining dramatically modified looks with some careful mechanical attention and all coming together for a fairly reasonable price. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but I like the cream exterior on shiny BBS deep-dishes. It’s a little too low, but that’s clearly the look the seller was going for. The big selling point for me is that the current owner bought good parts and has everything in working order – no mean feat for a 1983 BMW. With a slightly readjusted ride height, the silliness would disappear and this would just become one of the cleanest E21s out there.
Click for details: 1983 BMW 320i on eBay
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 170,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $5,300 Buy It Now
I have a 1983 BMW 320I E21 I am selling. I restored this car and now selling due to some doctor bills.
So far I have done:
New Paint(OEM Color)
Front seats redone
New water pump
Motor has 70k miles on it.
New BBS Rep wheels
Lowered on H&R springs
New intake boot
Everything I ordered from the car was from BMW Germany. The car runs very good with no problems at all.
If the motor really has just 70k miles on it, the 170k on the chassis is a lot less daunting. It’s clearly undergone some recent work, as the woodgrain valve cover is both clean and hilarious. That valve cover underscores that this is a loved car with a little sense of humor – similarly reflected in the extra inches dropped and dished. I wish he’d taken some better pictures, because this really is a cool original 3-series. I think it’s worth near his full asking price. It’s the kind of old Bimmer that should garner thumbs up on any drive.