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1975-1983 BMW 3-Series (E21) specifications


The BMW 3-Series became the performance saloon to beat the moment it first exploded onto the market in 1975. Four-cylinder M10 powered versions weren’t quick, but were dependable. However, the six-cylinder cars with fuel injection were electrifying, especially in the wet. Build quality was impeccable, and the interior ergonomics were superb, making this a very satisfying car to own. Again, corrosion has been a constant factor, meaning survival rate is low – although many 323is ended up doing some inadvertent off-roading. Rare now, and prices are on the up.

Production

  • Production:
    1,364,039
  • Price at launch:
    £2,799
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,800
  • Price (average):
    £1,250
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    12.9secs
  • Top speed:
    100.0mph
  • Power:
    90.0bhp
  • Torque:
    90.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4356mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2565mm
  • Width:
    1610mm
  • Height:
    1379mm
  • Weight:
    1020kgs

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