2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
1984 BMW E30 323i 'Manual' Sedan
|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 2300cc|
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The BMW Three Series has long been regarded as the best compact sports saloon on the market, a reputation founded in the mid-1970s with the E21 series and further enhanced through the 1980s with the second generation E30 series. Externally, the E30's appearance was similar to the twin headlight versions of its E21 predecessor, however there were various detail changes that gave it a fresh look. Inside, the interior was also modernised and, as way the way of BMWs of the era, very driver focussed. Combining high quality engineering and superb build quality with plenty of performance from a wide range of four and six-cylinder engines, the E30 Three Series saw a significant expansion of body styles, including two and four-door saloons, touring estate and full convertible models. Originally released in 1982, the E30 remained in production for ten years and was easily BMW's most successful model to date. Two six-cylinder models topped the range initially, the 2-litre 320i and 2.3-litre 323i, the latter with 143bhp and Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. With a Getrag five-speed manual transmission as standard, the 323i was a sports sedan par excellence and routinely voted as the finest car in its class.