E21 Classic: 1978 BMW 320i

Global sales of BMW’s first 3-series started in the 1975 model year and by the time they switched factory operations to build the E30 version in 1983, over a million examples of the E21 had left the shipping dock. The E21 was not a cheap car when released, but the magic of depreciation made it an affordable classic for decades…and the uptick of collector nostalgia hasn’t yet made them unaffordable.  Find this 1978 BMW 320i offered for $2950 in Bethesda, MD via craigslist.

From the seller:

 1978 BMW 320i e21 

condition: fair 

cylinders: 4 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 133000 

paint color: green 

size: compact 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: coupe 

Here’s your chance to get a future classic. OK, enough hyperbole. 



This little peppy 4-speed e21 does everything you want. Starts, Runs and Stops and it even has a sunroof (that works and doesn’t leak). The car also has a/c and all the components are there, but I removed the belt.



I used this car as a daily driver for almost 3 years and now it’s time to move on. In that timeframe I’ve replaced the following components: breaking system, tires, heater motor, complete bmw exhaust, shifting components, radiator, water pump, headlights, front and rear glass seals, gas lines, fuel injectors, ignition system, filters, battery, and many more small items. I made sure that it was running and driving without issue.



If you want a funky little driver that turns heads, this is the car for you. It needs to be painted and it will need some rust removed from the lower front fenders, but honestly who cares. It’s just a cool car as it sits.



Car comes with a couple boxes of spares (window seals, suspension parts, etc) and a complete service history for 30+ years.



Understand that there is zero warranty expressed or implied and you buy the car as is, where is. No returns or refunds. You will get a clean MD title and a handshake (and a car).

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