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BMW 3 Series (E21)

Knowledge Identifier: $BMW_3_Series_(E21)

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BMW 3 Series (E21)

Body designation for the first BMW 3 Series compact executive car, produced by the German automaker BMW from 1975 to 1983 add

Category: Business (14)

Launched in 1969.

Countries: Germany (46%), (38%), United States (8%)

Main connections: BMW, Hartge, Jetronic

Linked to: International Motor Sports Association, BMW, Getrag, Hartge

 

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1969

Herbert Hartge had been involved with cars since his youth and, from 1969 to 1983, was a successful racing driver with Formula V racing and touring cars, primarily BMWs add something


1970

Paul Bracq, Director of Design at BMW from 1970 to 1974, is credited with setting the design direction of the E21 3 Series, while Wilhelm Hofmeister is credited with first drawing the small forward wedge at the base of the C-pillar, a strong design trait of the first Three-series add something


1975

At the end of 1975, the 320i was introduced; the engine was fitted with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection, delivering on premium grade gasoline add something

 

In 1975 Claus Luthe replaced Bracq and became the owner of the project add something

 

"' & BMW E21"' is the body designation for the first BMW 3 Series compact executive car, produced by the German automaker BMW from 1975 to 1983 add something


1977

At the 1977 International Auto Show in Frankfurt, BMW unveiled its new variants of the E21, featuring the new six-cylinder M20 engines add something

 

The Group 5 version of the & BMW 320, introduced in 1977 as a replacement to the already obsolete BMW 3,0_CSL (BMW_E9) and became nicknamed as the "Flying Brick" in reference to the blocky bodyshape, was powered by a Formula Two engine that was tuned to by BMW Motorsport add something

 

They would help to win the 1977 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft and would later go into Formula One add something


1978

Production of the Baur TopCabriolet began in 1978, and were sold via the BMW dealership network add something

 

Introduced at the IAA in 1978, it was produced from March 1978 until January 1983 add something


1979

For the 1979/80 model year, the four-cylinder models were upgraded: the 1,8-litre power unit was revised and entered the market as a carburetor engine in the 316, while addition of Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection to the 1,8-litre engine raised the 318i to add something


1980

A European study conducted by BMW in 1980 showed that with a share of 31 percent, the 320i was the best-selling 3 Series, followed by the 316 accounting for 27 percent, the 318 with a share of 24 percent, and the 323i with a share in sales of 18 percent add something

 

Five-speed overdrive Getrag gearboxes were fitted as standard in 1980, but close ratio 'sport' gearboxes were available at the car's release as an option add something


1981

A total of 4,595 vehicles were manufactured before production ended in 1981 add something

 

Since there was now room for a new entry-level model, the 315 powered by a 1,6-litre M10 engine made its appearance in 1981 add something

 

The car was used to win the Macau Guia Race in 1981 and 1982 add something

 

In May 1981, six years after the start of production, the millionth 3 Series came off the production line add something


1982

Although BMW ended production of the E21 model in 1982, Hartge continued to offer parts in their brochures for the E21 through the 1989 model catalog add something

 

Worldwide sales of the E21 stopped 1,36 million at the end of E21 production in 1982, although the E21 version was not particularly popular in the lucrative United States market add something


1983

By the end of its production life in 1983, the E21 was competing fiercely in a market with the likes of the Audi 80 and the new Mercedes-Benz 190E. add something


2002

This series was the immediate successor to the & BMW 2002 and was superseded by the $BMW_E30 (BMW_3_Series_(E30)) add something

 

Without it, there was the distinct possibility of BMW leaving its core mission of building driver oriented cars, and alienating an existing customer base long enamored with the company's 2002 model add something