Einundzwanzig: 1978 BMW 320i E21

The E21 generation BMW was the successor to the classic BMW 2002 (aka the 1600 or the New Class or the 02 Series depending on who is talking) and the first BMW to be give the legendary 3-series designation. Today’s E21 has a lot of good stuff going for it — first it isn’t some bland shade of white, it is covered in the original madeira red, and second it has a manual gearbox behind the 2-liter M10 inline-4, and third has has reported low miles…however, the asking price is wallet draining to say the least. That is all the money and then some for a E21 in my opinion. But these are going from junkers to classics. I’m conflicted. Find this 1978 BMW 320i E21 offered for 1978 BMW 320i E21 offered for $13,800 in La Verne, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1978 BMW 320i
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 96800
paint color: red
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
Will only accept in person cash offers
Price is negotiable but will not accept blind offers

Listing my 1978 BMW 320i. This is an original, amazing to drive, incredibly reliable, beautiful car. RWD, true 2.0 liter, manual in the original Madeira red.

  • Has 96,800 original miles, clean title in hand
  • Car runs great and is currently registered
  • Smog certification in hand dated 8/26/23 (smogs first time)
  • Exterior is in very good condition, likely has original single stage paint that contains some blemishes but is in overall good condition
    o Exterior lights, blinkers, brights, reverse lights, etc. fully functional
  • Interior is in very good condition, all original, dash is original and NOT cracked, seat material has some blemishes and can be seen in pictures
    o blinkers, clock, hazards, gauges, etc. fully functional
    o Sunroof is fully operational, fully opens, closes and tilts
    o Contains original tool kit, first aid kit, brochure
    o Defroster, vents, and fans work, heater/a/c does not blow hot/cold
  • Mechanically in very good condition
    o Used weekly, runs and starts every time
    o Original engine, maintained, will include maintenance records going back seven years
    o Suspension has been modified to adjustable BC coil overs
  • Will include BMW repair manual

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