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1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

The BMW E21 is the first generation of the BMW 3 Series compact executive cars. A California car until 2016, powered by a 1.8L Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection motor, this car screams DRIVABILITY.

Windermere, FL

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1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

4/5/2022 at 12:47 pm

No problem!
1. The sunroof works great. Opens and closes firmly (both partial and full functions) and seals perfectly. Went through a car wash recently—zero leaks.
2. The reactor and EGR service lights are not on. We only activated them at startup because the photographer wanted to show all indicator lights function.
3. Florida does not run emissions tests on vintage vehicles.

Great questions. Hope this helps. Thank you.

1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

4/1/2022 at 01:39 pm

Hello All:
We finally got a dry day. Here is a driving video.

1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

3/24/2022 at 04:54 pm


The transmission shifts nice and smooth.
I don’t know about the clutch. If I find anything in the service records I’ll let you know, however it feels firm and correct when driving.
I have seen no oil drops in the garage at all.
As soon as we get a dry day here, I’ll make a driving video:)


1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

3/24/2022 at 07:53 am

Greetings All:
A couple of things I just noticed:
–The highlights read “interior black”. As you can see, it is that coveted caramel/deep British tan, not black:)
–Also, I forgot to remove the steering wheel cover and aftermarket shift knob for the pictures. I added those just to keep the steering wheel pristine and protect the original shift knob which is in the glovebox and will come with the car.
–The front seats for some reason did not want to release for us to lean them forward for pictures of the rear seat. I will look into that and let everyone know. The rear seat and berber carpets/floor liners appear as if they literally have never been sat in.

The only section of the exterior trim that appeared worn at all to me, was the trim around the windshield and rear glass. Notice in the trunk picture that I purchased the original e21 trim from BMW of San Francisco and just never got around to changing it. It will come with the car.

On that note, it is cool to see that ALL of the glass on the car has the original BMW stamp–evidence of how little and how carefully this car was driven. No annoying aftermarket glass replacement, 100% original—amazing.

1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

3/24/2022 at 07:36 am

Greetings! Thank you for your question. The original a/c system does not blow cold. I honestly never looked into recharging or replacing it. (I believe we included that in the mechanical description, apologies if it was missed.) That is the only function that was never operational since I have owned the car. I am sure it’s something repairable, of course, but these older models with smaller engines typically already run warm (I’ve owned 4 different 3 series over the years. They all LOVED any cold climate conditions, but tended to run with the needle around 2/3 in traffic on a warm day) so I’m not sure how this little guy would respond to the a/c load. But then again, I’m not an expert, perhaps it’s worth looking in to and might be fun to eventually fix! Sorry again if that got missed and thanks for the important question.

1979 BMW 320i 4-speed

3/23/2022 at 01:46 pm


I am the owner/seller of the 100% original 320i. Many years ago, my first BMW was a 1981 320i. I loved it. I’ve owned a number of 3-series BMWs since, but always searched for that original e21. I wanted one that was just that–100% original. But I wanted one that looked like it had never left the showroom floor. Twenty years later…I found it.

This incredible car was for sale in San Francisco, California. I lived in Salt Lake City at the time. When I saw it, I thought it was a postcard, or somehow digitally recreated. It just looked too good to be true. After a few phone calls to verify its history, I bought a one way Southwest ticket to San Francisco, rode the train to the boutique classic car shop that was selling it for the owner and drove it home. The 800 mile road-trip back to Salt Lake City was uneventful–just what I had hoped for. The car performed like a champ. Strong, steady and smooth. It stayed garaged and only left on sunny, dry days. When we moved to Florida, I had it shipped covered straight to our home. I forgot about humidity and a few natural nicks in the original paint attracted minor rust (surface only) here in Central Florida. Those spots have been cleaned out and covered with professional primer and factory matched sierrabeige.

My intention was to keep this car forever. (Isn’t that always the case?) Alas, my small collection of 3 series has dwindled since our cross-country move and circumstances are forcing me to sell my last one. I have never personally seen an example this pristine in the U.S. The color combination is as timeless and nostalgic as the design. Even the trunk clicks softly and securely when you close it, like it just came off the factory floor. It truly is as pristine in person as it looks in the pictures.

Feel free to send me any questions. I will happily and honestly respond.