The BMW 3-series arrived on the automotive landscape in 1976 as a replacement for the aging new class chassis (BMW 1600/2000/2002). The 3-series was an immediate hit and for a long time was the de facto yuppie car, but is now becoming a classic in its own right. Find this 1983 BMW 320is with only 34k miles on the odometer for sale in Sanibel, FL currently bidding for $5,000 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.
The E21 was introduced the world in 1976 and nothing was ever the same in the sport/luxury sedan segment.
This 320is is powered by an M10 1.8 liter 4-cylinder fuel injected engine that puts out 101 horsepower and 100 ft-lbs of torque (a big step down from the European market 2.0 liter and 125 horsepower). Performance specs from contemporary sources were acceptable for the time (0-60mph in 9.8 seconds) but the 320is is not at home at the drag strip. BMW’s nimble chassis, 5-speed gearbox and limited slip differential are much more happy at a track or winding country road.
The s at the end of the 320is name was a special package for North America included a few neat tricks up its sleeve, including a set of hip hugging Recaro seats, a leather wrapped tri-spoke steering wheel, a set of large front/rear anti roll bars, a unique front air dam and a limited slip diff.
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