I don’t think it’s unfair to say this 1978 BMW E21 323i isn’t far from being in as-new condition. Reportedly a Japanese import, it only has a mere 91 000 km on the clock and displays no wear anywhere that I could see.
Spotted on the street, in tender May sunshine, it looked irresistible – and compared to the enormous Ford truck behind it, it looked positively tiny.
Just how small are those BBS basketweaves? Some CSI enhancing gives the tire size as 185/60R13.
Shark nose, quad headlight setup, small numberplate, chrome as shiny as ever. Lovely.
I heard the car made it to Japan nearly-new, so it’s not localized in any way but retains all the markings everywhere in German.
The hockeystick ///M stripe is a favourite. Against the steel blue paintwork it displays beautifully.
Twin pipes and Bose speakers. The period look is perfect.
The 323i, with its M20B23 engine and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection gave 143 hp when new.
You can see the slight green tint of the color glazing.
I’m sure the car isn’t cheap in this condition, but it’s likely it will be pampered and cared for in the years to come. For a 35-year-old car it’s absolutely pristine.
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]