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1982 BMW 320/6 (E21)

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  • Having lived in the dry Spanish climate, this is a very solid example
  • Equipped with BMW’s 2.0-litre straight-six and a five-speed manual gearbox
  • Looks to be exceedingly original and unrestored

The Appeal

With its distinctive ‘shark nose’ and ‘hofmeister kink’ C-Pillar, the E21 3 Series is a BMW design classic and another great achievement from the illustrious career of Paul Bracq.

This 320/6 is a particularly fine variant, featuring BMW’s legendary M20 carburetted straight-six and a five-speed manual gearbox. It is presented in very good condition for its age and we’re informed that it has never been restored.

If you’re looking for a really original and solid example of this sought after BMW, don’t miss the chance to acquire this great 3 Series.

The History and Paperwork

  • Appears very original and we’re informed that it has never been restored
  • Registered and located in Spain
  • The vendor informs us that the previous owner was a mechanic who maintained the car themselves

The Interior

  • Looks to be all original
  • Some wear to the seats, especially the driver’s, as is to be expected
  • The dashboard exhibits some UV damage but remains usable
  • The carpeting presents well, as does the headlining
  • Minimal wear to the door cards
  • The boot carpet show its age but is still serviceable
  • All of the switchgear looks in reasonable condition, as does the instrumentation
  • Overall, this interior is a great starting point for some sympathetic restoration work
  • Everything has survived well enough to continue enjoying the car in its current condition

The Exterior 

  • Smart white paintwork
  • Besides a few chips and light abrasions, the paint looks really tidy
  • Overall the body is really straight, with a couple of small dents, most notably to the passenger door
  • Steel sliding sunroof operates smoothly
  • Underneath, this car appears immensely solid
  • The sills look really good besides a little jacking damage which should straighten out
  • The floors look really sound with no corrosion of any note
  • The alloy wheels are in nice shape
  • The bumpers and trim remain in good order
  • This BMW has survived really well and with a little attention here and there, it’ll be a really smart example

The Mechanics 

  • 2.0-litre M20 straight-six
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • These were quick cars in their day and with rear-wheel drive are great fun to drive
  • Runs well and sounds fantastic
  • The vendor informs us that it drives exactly as it should, with no faults to report


This charmingly original E21 is brimming with potential. That straight-six engine and manual gearbox make it an especially attractive proposition and the fact that it is so solid seals the deal for us.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1982
  • Make BMW
  • Model 320/6 (E21)
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 211,501 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1990
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Rioja
  • Location International
  • Country Spain

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