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Old 11-03-2012, 01:44 AM   #16
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VIN is 1559399.

If you'd asked me 2 years ago if I knew my car's VIN I'd 'ave looked at you like your ears were on fire. Now I know my E30's VIN by heart. Give me a minute and I'll tell you the VIN for the E30 I don't even own anymore.
So, it's Platanus Green Metallic on Pine Green Cloth. Both were available on a 1986 model. The car was sold outside of Germany, if you want to know where this car was originally sold, contact BMW Archives.
http://www.bmw-grouparchiv.de/2/webm...x=g&id=630857&

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
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@SickFinga: Where can I get that pamphlet? Group Archive?
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #18
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Cool site, SickFinga.
I sent them my question.

They offer car rental on that page...Hmmm.

How cool would it be to drive around Germany in a 3.0 Cs looking for junkyard parts for E30s?

That'll be my post-lottery win career.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #19
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Cool site, SickFinga.
I sent them my question.

They offer car rental on that page...Hmmm.

How cool would it be to drive around Germany in a 3.0 Cs looking for junkyard parts for E30s?

That'll be my post-lottery win career.
Let us know what was the original point of sale for your car.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:22 PM   #20
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It's astonishing...

... that a car manufacturer would answer such questions, or would even be able to do so. BMW:

My correspondence with The Masters:

Nov 7: Dear Mr (SubDad),

Thank you for your email.

The BMW 320i VIN 1559399 was manufactured on January 10th, 1986 and delivered on May 13th, 1986 to the BMW importer Tehnounion in Ljubljana. The original colour was Platanengruen metallic, paint code 188.

There is no special country model specified in the database, so I would expect that the car was technically identical to the standard ECE model.
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Nov 3: Me to them;
My E30 was brought to Canada in 2008 from Serbia. VIN is WBAAAD310001559399

I wonder where the car was first sold, and if it was first sold in Yugoslavia/Serbia if there were any changes to the normal western European build standard to allow its sale in Yugoslavia. The car has L-Jetronic injection and no catalytic converter.
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FYI, In the boiler-plate below their response was:
Please note:
Due to relocation, the BMW Group Archive will be closed from 1st November 2012 presumably until spring 2013. During this period we are unable to process any requests for certificates. Furthermore, there will be no possibility to conduct research in our archive. However, if you are interested in ordering customised calendars, archive products and photo or film material please contact prior to 30th November 2012. As soon as our relocation is completed we will be able to offer our services again to the highest standards. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you very much for your understanding. Please check for updates on www.bmw-grouparchives.com.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #21
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I'm really surprised that it was possible to buy a BMW in a Socialist Yugoslavia.

You got lucky, I emailed them a couple of days ago to get information about some special edition E34 and was told they are now closed til spring.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #22
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I'm surprised too.

I wouldn't want to say it was me, but a guy that looked just like me but skinnier and with way more hair bused through Yugoslvia in 1980 and saw uniformed youth groups carrying red flags way out in the countryside, got rousted by other uniforms, was glad to get out, etc.
Yugoslavia, thanks to Tito, was Non-Aligned, not really part of the Eastern Bloc but still, a BMW in 1986?

Not having a catalytic converter is weird for an '86, I still think. Despite RealOEM, I wonder if my ECU is missing an input. Not that fussed, though, really.
Thanks everybody, for your help.
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