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94markVIII
12-11-2007, 09:35 PM
I'm new to BMW's
i have recently picked up a 1983 BMW 320I
what i know (well was told by teh previouse owner.)
its origonaly a US car. brought over about 7 years ago,
was origonaly an auto but switched to a manual trans.
motor recently rebuilt and had a "euro" grind done to the cam.

since buying it i patched the floors (had some rust holes,)
did the brakes all the way around., fixed teh exaust. various other odds and ends to pass a saftie.

i have seat covers on it because the seats are ripped.
and I'm thinking of giving it a paint job to clean up a couple of rust spots.
I'm just wondering what this car might be worth to an enthusiest.

e30jones
12-11-2007, 10:06 PM
First, its an e21, a generation older than an e30. The 320i (4 cyl) is similar to an early e30 318i (84, 85). These cars are kind of the bastard children of e30's to enthusiasts. In excellent condition now, an e30 318i would probably be worth ~$1000. Seeing as your car has is an e21 with a bit older technology, some issues (rust, interior rips etc.) I would assume quite a bit less than that, but then again the market for e21's may be different than e30s, and its hard to judge without pictures. Personally, I think these cars are worth more to keep for the fun factor than what they are valued at in $$, if that makes any sense at all....

oldskool3
12-11-2007, 10:43 PM
they are worth almost nothing unless in mint shape. I sold mine last year with a couple of new parts for $500. Seems like the only price people are willing to pay for them.

craz azn
12-11-2007, 11:18 PM
Only worth what somebody is willing to pay.

Eurostyle
12-11-2007, 11:26 PM
There IS such a thing as 83 320i E30, but it has to be EURO, since they started importing the E30 in 84...So dont call it E21 just yet!:D

craz azn
12-11-2007, 11:46 PM
There IS such a thing as 83 320i E30, but it has to be EURO, since they started importing the E30 in 84...So dont call it E21 just yet!:D

I'm new to BMW's
i have recently picked up a 1983 BMW 320I
what i know (well was told by teh previouse owner.)
its origonaly a US car. brought over about 7 years ago,
was origonaly an auto but switched to a manual trans.
motor recently rebuilt and had a "euro" grind done to the cam.

since buying it i patched the floors (had some rust holes,)
did the brakes all the way around., fixed teh exaust. various other odds and ends to pass a saftie.

i have seat covers on it because the seats are ripped.
and I'm thinking of giving it a paint job to clean up a couple of rust spots.
I'm just wondering what this car might be worth to an enthusiest.

... *wave*

Eurostyle
12-12-2007, 12:33 AM
... *wave*

Yes, and i owned a Euro spec 524TD, that was also braught from the US!*th-up*

If he doesnt know E21 and E30, i wouldnt be surprised if he's got a eurospec 320i that someone imported to the us long time ago...

craz azn
12-12-2007, 12:34 AM
And the chances of that arrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeee................

Eurostyle
12-12-2007, 12:41 AM
And the chances of that arrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeee................

About the same as me finding that E28 524td auto...How many auto's were sold in europe in the 80's! And then making its way to North america...:D

craz azn
12-12-2007, 12:48 AM
Unrelated PM coming your way Fil. WHHHHOOOOOOOOOO 2000th post! lol

94markVIII
12-12-2007, 06:43 PM
so yeah
didnt have a clue what e21 or e30 were.
but yes after decoding the vin i hav found out that it is an e21, 320i, origonaly a manual, and built for the USA

i got the car for a winter beater. my fun summer car is my Lincoln.
but after having 3 different people ask if it was for sale i wondered if they new something I didnt. and was refered to this forum.
thanks for your input.