In July 1975 German carmaker BMW introduces the whole new 2-doors 3 Series at the Munich Olympic Stadium. The new car succeeded the BMW 2002. Paul Bracq designing director at BMW (1970 – 1974) was the driving force behind the E21, while Wilhelm Hofmeister drew the first sketch.
In 1975 three models were available: BMW 316 (1.6-litre, 66 kW), BMW 318 (1.8-litre, 72 kW) and BMW 320 (2.0-litre, 80 kW) all variants of the BMW M10 four-cylinder engine. The 320 models had dual round headlights, while the 315 - 316 and 318 had single round headlights. By december 1975 the BMW 320i was introduced with 92 kW.
|Predecessor: BMW "02 Series" (1502 / 1602 / 1802 / 2002)|
|BMW 316 (E21) 1975|
|BMW 318 (E21) 1975|
|BMW 320 (E21) 1975|
In 1977 BMW introduced a new 320 featuring the new six-cylinder M20 engine (90kW). The 323i model was introduced in 1978, featuring 2.3 litres six-cylinder M20 engine with 105 kW. A low-level model, the 315 powered by a 1.6-litre M10 engine with 55 kW was introduced in 1981.
|BMW 321i (E21) 1975|
|BMW 323i (E21) 1978|
|BMW 3-series (E21) Baur cabrio|
A cabriolet conversion, featuring a targa roof combined with an independent rear soft-top, was offered by German Karosserie Baur in 1978.
|Successor: BMW 3-series E30|
The BMW E21 was replaced by the BMW 3-series in 1982. A total of 1.364.039 E21 were build.
BMW 3-series (E21), German advert 1975
Brochure BMW 3-series (E21), Germany 1975