1979 BMW - CA. SURVIVOR - ONE OWNER ~40 YEARS, 94K MILES, RARE AUTO, ORIG PAINT
- Make: BMW
- Model: 3-Series
- SubModel: CA ORIG PAINT SURVIVOR 1 ONWER 40 YEARS
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: CA ORIG PAINT SURVIVOR 1 ONWER 40 YEARS
- Year: 1979
- Mileage: 94451
- VIN: 5467316
- Color: Sierra Beige
- Engine size: 1.8 Liter
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Options: Cassette Player, Sunroof
- Vehicle Title: Clean Want to buy? Contact seller!
1979 BMW 3-Series CA ORIG PAINT SURVIVOR 1 ONWER 40 YEARS1979 BMW 320i (E21)
1979 BMW 320i (E21) Incredible â€œSurvivorâ€
Original Owner Purchased New in Monterey on and Owned for ~40 Years!
Original Manuals, Purchase Documents, Keys, and Maintenance Records Included
NOTE: Our listings are rather lengthy. They not only describe this particular car but also some history of the make/model, considerations in buying a classic car and facts about our firm. However, we continually hear from out of state / out of country buyers (many of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read the full listing, please read the OVERVIEW below along with the PHOTOGRAPHS at the bottom. If youâ€™d prefer, please call us at 925-846-1451 and weâ€™ll gladly discuss the BMW and answer any questions over the telephone, including our â€œBuy it Nowâ€ policy. Yes, the BMW can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction.
This car is offered at a realistic price and, unlike bidding on cars in an auction environment, you will have the benefit of extensive information and history on the car prior to making a buying decision. Equally as important is the fact that Classic Cars Ltd. has been in business for 26+ years and enjoys an excellent national / international relationship with over 1,000 positive eBay feedback responses.
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OVERVIEWâ€”THIS PARTICULAR BMW 320i (E21)
We have had a soft spot in our hearts for BMWâ€™s for many years. In fact, our owner purchased a new 1979 BMW 320i â€œIn the day.â€ The car was driven from Illinois to California when he relocated and, as they sayâ€¦the rest is history.
In 1983, the 1979 BMW â€œ3-Seriesâ€ was traded in on a newer model but the original 320i left an indelible mark and sparked our interest in smaller sporting sedans. Since then, we have had too many BMWâ€™s to count including M3â€™s, M5â€™s and a host of others. However, the early 3-Series cars represented sporting sedans at their best; simple, fun to drive, and inexpensive to maintain.
When we drove this particular car, we couldnâ€™t help but be impressed with how much it reminded us of the cars that we had in the late 1970â€™s and early 1980â€™s. The car remains exceptionally solid, exhibits the handling and braking that BMWâ€™s are known for, coupled with a comfortable, purposeful interior.
In the late 1970â€™s, the BMW 320i (body designation E21) was the â€œmust haveâ€ car of young, upwardly-mobile professionalsâ€“or â€œYuppies,â€ as they came to be known. This particular car represents a true unmolested California â€œSurvivorâ€ in the strictest sense of the word.
With only ~94K miles, the cars original owner took possession of the Car from the BMW dealer in Monterey, CA on 3/13/1979. The car has remained in Northern California for its entire life and represents a rust free, extremely well maintained, fully documented car with one owner for close to 40 years.
The BMW 320iâ€™s in totally original, unmodified condition are becoming, as the old saying goes â€œAs rare as Henâ€™s teeth.â€ This example epitomizes the definition of a â€œSurvivorâ€, down to its original paint and stock configuration. Cosmetically, it presents very well and it has been extremely well maintained as is supported by a large volume of repair / maintenance history dating back to the date of delivery. Notable features of the car include:
- 1.8 L 4 cylinder engine w/ fuel injection
- Rare automatic transmission
- 4 wheel independent suspension
- Power assisted front disc/rear drum brakes
- Rack and pinion steering
- Halogen high beam lights
- Dealer installed Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette stereo (functional)
- Excellent radial tires on factory BMW alloy
- All factory manuals plus purchase documents
- Factory original Sierra Beige paint in good condition with no indication or partial repainting
- Interior in beautiful condition including NO dash damage/cracks
- Optional manual sunroof
- Complete never used tool set
- Records support original chronological mileage progression
DETAILSâ€”THIS PARTICULAR BMW 320i (E21)
This car is a well maintained, unmolested â€œsurvivorâ€ still wearing its original paint and interior. Although not restored, it is very presentable and drives extremely well. The car was owned by the original buyer for ~40 years in California. The car has always been registered and licensed in California and carries current registration until 3/18/2020. The current odometer reading of 94,451 miles, and, judging by the maintenance records, is believed to be entirely accurate. The car comes with virtually all of the original documentation including all factory manuals and the original window sticker including:
â€“ BMW Ownerâ€™s Manual in original plastic wrap
â€“ BMW Service Manual
â€“ BMW Service USA with delivery stamp and service stamps completed (refer to narrative for details)
â€“ Blaupunkt In-Dash Autoreverse Cassette Player AM/FM Stereo CR-2001 Brochure
â€“ Installation Manual for Unit above
â€“ Wiring Schematic for CR2001 Radio
â€“ Warranty card for radio
â€“ Original Battery Warranty pamphlet
Original delivery documents are as extensive as we can remember seeing and include (refer to photos of each document):
â€“ Motor Vehicle Purchase Order dated 3/13/79 reflecting all options including the following:
â€“ Automatic (+$495.00)
â€“ Sunroof (+$450.00)
â€“ Alloy Wheels (+$400.00)
â€“ Poly-Gly Coat (+$235.00)
â€“ Blaupunkt Radio & 4 Speakers (no price shown)
â€“ Business Card from Delivering Dealer / Salesman, Thomas L. Andrew
â€“ Original Motor Vehicle Certification from â€“ BMW of Monterey dated 3/13/79
â€“ Odometer Mileage Statement (15 miles when delivered)
â€“ New Vehicle Sticker showing purchase date and miles at delivery of 15 miles
â€“ Copy of Original Title (CA â€œPink Slipâ€)
â€“ Copy of Original Registration
â€“ B of A Loan Agreement executed on 3/13/79
â€“ Poly-Gly Coat Warranty document
â€“ BMW Standard Equipment & Fuel Economy Window Sticker
â€“ Application for Extended Vehicle Service Contract
â€“ Agreement to Furnish Insurance Form
â€“ BMW Limited Warranty Window Sticker
â€“ BMW Service Maintenance Check Lists 1977-1979 Models
â€“ BMW Recall Letter
The car was faithfully maintained by the original owner with service stamps from the first service at 6,500 miles through 44,000 miles. Initial service was completed by the delivering dealer and documented in the factory BMW service booklet. The service book also shows the original owners name and date of delivery.
The extensive file documents ongoing service by local German specialists and supports that the car always received the recommended maintenance.
Within 3,000 miles the BMW has had the benefit of new brakes, a coolant flush, brake fluid change, smog inspection, new fuel tank, new water hoses, tires, battery, transmission fluid change, tune-up and other ongoing preventative and needed maintenance.
The exterior still bears the original Sierra Beige paint with dealer-applied pin striping tape, as was so common â€œin the day.â€ The paint is high gloss and not thin, but does show some minor scratches on the upper surface that do not detract from the appearance of the car. Both front and rear bumpers are in good condition. All trim is good with one small door ding size dent below the passenger side window. The body shows no evidence of accident damage with all panels appearing to be factory original. The hood, trunk lid and both doors close smartly and all body panel gaps are good as expected for German engineering. The rubber seals remain pliable and in excellent condition for a vehicle of this vintage.
There is a small, tight crack in the left side backup light lens. All window glass is tinted and excellent and the windshield and its rubber seal are brand new. The car has the optional manual sun-roof. The underside of the car is original, not detailed but free from other than the usual patina and surface wear on exposed components. However, the floors, rocker panels, and other major surfaces are very solid, and free from rust and rot.
The car retains its original dealer installed â€œmid-lineâ€ multi-color pinstripe that was so fashionable in the late 1970â€™s / early 1980â€™s. While it shows minimal signs of â€œseparationâ€ in a few areas, it is in overall very good condition and adds to the cars originality and survivor nature.
The interior is still the factory original & rare Beige cloth, in condition simply not seen in cars of this vintage. The seats show extremely well with no rips, tears, or damage. Door panels and other interior components are equally original and in excellent condition. The black dash pad is free of cracks and the black steering wheel is excellent. The car has 4 color coordinated â€œCocoa Mats.â€ Both side windows roll smoothly and the rear windows fold out at the rear as designed. All weather stripping is still pliant and functional.
The original Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette stereo is still functional.
The engine compartment is as original and not detailed. The power brake vacuum unit shows surface rust and the top-side aluminum engine components are quite dull.
The trunk compartment is very solid, showing no rust and is still well painted. A compact spare is provided along with the OEM jack. The original factory tool kit is housed under the trunk lid and has never been removed from the car.
The car starts immediately, and runs great! It idles well, shifts smoothly, and has no noise in the drive-line. The clutch engages properly and the brakes are properly excellent, stopping the BMW straight and sure. The e-brake is functional properly adjusted. The car does not overheat, even on extremely hot days. There are no significant leaks/drips.
â€“ Current California registration and clear California title
â€“ Passed the California required safety inspection for working wipers, turn signals, lights, brakes, tires, etc.
â€“ Passed CA smog testing
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE BMW 320i
- Type: SOHC inline-four, iron block and aluminum head
- Displacement: 1,766cc
- Bore x stroke: 89mm x 71mm
- Compression ratio: 8.81:1
- Horsepower @ RPM: 101 hp @ 5,800 RPM
- Torque @ RPM: 100 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
- Main bearings: 5
- Fuel system: Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection
- STEERING: Rack-and-pinion
- Type: Hydraulic, vacuum-assist
- Front: 10.0-inch disc
- Rear: 9.8-inch drum
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
- Wheelbase: 100.9 inches
- Overall length: 177.5 inches
- Overall width: 63.4 inches
- Overall height: 54.3 inches
- Curb weight: 2,435 pounds
PERFORMANCE (Car and Driver, March 1980)
- 0-60: 9.8 seconds
- 1/4-mile: 17.1 seconds @ 79 MPH
- Top speed: 105 MPH
HISTORY OF THE BMW 320i / E21
BMW E21is the body designation for the firstBMW 3 Seriescompact executive car, produced by the German automaker BMW from 1975 to 1983. This series was the immediate successor totheagingBMW 2002and was superseded bytheBMW E30.
In July 1975, BMWâ€™s Board of Management first prsented this new model series in the Munich Olympic Stadiumfor public appraisal. The frontal view of the new car was dominated by the BMW trademark kidney grille standing out clearly from the radiator cover. The wedge shape of the two-door model was distinctive, extending all the way to the unusually high rear end. In response to criticism of the tail design, a black plastic trim panel between the tail lights was added. The carâ€™s styling was otherwise well received.
The suspension incorporatedrack and pinionsteering andMacPherson strutsuspension at the front, and semi-trailing arm type independent suspension at the rear. The power assisted brakes were discs on the front wheels, while the rear wheels had drum brakes. Five-speed overdrive Getrag gearboxes were fitted as standard in 1980. The cockpit design of the E21 marked the introduction of a new design concept, with the center console and central dashboard area angled towards the driver. As a sign of passive safety, all edges and control elements within the interior were rounded off and padded.
European buyers had a choice of 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-liter power, but America got only one engine at a time.In 1981 the US 320i utilized the 1.8 liter BMW M10 four-cylinder engine fitted with Bosch K-Jetronicfuel injection.
- 1.8 L OHC four cylinder engine
- Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
- Transistorized, breakerless ignition
- 5 speed overdrive manual transmission, fully synchromesh
- Four wheel independent suspension
- Front torsion bar stabilizer
- Power assisted brakesâ€”front discs, rear drums
- Rack and pinion steering
- Electronic tachometer
- Warning lights for low fuel, handbrake and braking system, brake pad wear, alternator, oil pressure
- Halogen high beam lights
- Excellent stock sized tires
- Stock alloy wheels
- Electric rear window defroster
- Tinted glass all around
- LED digital quartz clock
- Tool kit (under trunk lid)
- Electric outside rear view mirror
- Fully reclining front seats
- 3-speed intermittent windshield wipers
- Flow-thru ventilation system
- 3-point seat belts front and rear
- Integrated center roll bar
- Hydraulic safety bumpers
Classic Cars Ltd. 925-846-1451
|Exterior Color: Sierra Beige|
|Interior Color: Beige|
|Engine: 1.8 Liter / 4 Cylinder|
|Features: Incredible E21 Survivor - Original Paint, Lifelong California Car with Documentation Since New!|
PURCHASING A COLLECTOR VEHICLE - THINGS TO CONSIDER
As always, we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background for any collector car being sold over the Internet. It is important to ask yourself a number of questions including, but not limited to:
Â·How long have they been in business?
Â·How much experience do they have with collector cars?
Â·How many positive collector car vehicle sales have they completed (positive eBay feedback)?
Â·How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle?
Â·Do the photos show details of the interior, exterior, top, chrome, etc. or are they simply "glamour shots" taken from a distance?
Â·Does the seller have a Surety Bond to protect the financial transaction?
Â·What about insurance, licensing by the state, and a local business license?
Â·Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action, grievances?
Â·Does the seller enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation?
Â·Can the seller assist with funding sources, transport and out of state/country sales?
ABOUT CLASSIC CARS LTD.
Â·We have been the same, small, California town for over 25 years. We operate a small "brick & mortar", indoor showroom, and specialize in the sale, consignment, and purchase of sports, high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles.
Â·The majority of our vehicles come from local, private owners and collectors, and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars, with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally, and around the country. As a result, we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales, such as wholesale auctions, salvage sales, or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles, or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair.
Â·We have sold hundreds of unique, classic and collectible vehicles and regularly deal with buyers that have not had the experience of purchasing a large (both physically and monetarily) item on eBay, or through an Internet source.We strive to achieve 100% positive feedback on all vehicle sales from customers around the globe and is a reflection of our commitment to accurate, complete, and thorough vehicle descriptions.
Â·We have been shipping vehicles for years and have established excellent contacts that are not only high quality but very price competitive.We do not use brokers, terminal shipping or other discount methods.Call us or email for a quote directly to your home or office. We are often able to obtain quality enclosed transportation (the kind of travel this car deserves) for the cost of open shipping.
Â·Please review our feedback on eBay (user name Never22Many) representing over 975+ positive transactions to buyers all over the United States / World.
Â·We are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World.
Â·Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50,000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions
Â·We frequently sell vehicles to out of State / out of country buyers, and will be glad to provide references for buyers in your area.
MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL INFORMATION
Â·As with virtually all collector/specialty vehicles, we find that parts and resources are readily available for this (and most every vehicle), thanks in large part to the Internet.
Â·In addition to the purchase price of the vehicle, California buyers are subject to sales tax, documentation fee, DMV transfer fees, and license and registration.Out of state buyers are responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle with any local fees, taxers, etc. being paid in their respective state.IMPORTANT NOTE: If the vehicle is delivered or driven in California, applicable California sales tax, license, registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law.
Â·While we encourage telephone calls to discuss this vehicle in greater detail and ask that you call us at 925-846-1451 if we can answer any questions about the vehicle, Classic Car Ltd, or shipping costs to your location.
Â·We encourage inspections by interested buyers or professional inspectors. Please call at 925-846-1451 to arrange a convenient time.
Â·As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However, we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles, and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our eBay history/feedback, standing in the community, length of time in business, and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd.
Â·Minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present on every vehicle (regardless of cost) including small chips, nicks, scratches, etc. that can be seen on even the best restoration, or even a relatively new, used "pre-owned" vehicle.Also, ownership of a collectible / specialty vehicle is more enjoyable if the owner is familiar with the "realities" of these unique cars.Unlike more modern day vehicles, these cars require regular, ongoing care/maintenance and some mechanical knowledge, patience, and understanding can make the experience considerably more pleasant.That said, collector / "specialty" car owners will tell you (emphatically) that they love their cars and wouldn't trade them for anything!!
The information contained in this description is believed to be accurate but, in some instances, has been provided by the car's owner / owners or outside sources.As a result, we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of the information.We encourage verification of "numbers" and significant data prior to the purchase of any collector vehicle that you are considering.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Â·Buyers outside of California will be responsible for a $195.00 fee for processing / administration. The charge will apply if the vehicle is purchased through eBay or before or after the auction directly through Classic Cars Ltd.
Â·We reserve the right to end the auction prior to the scheduled auction close date. We will be glad to discuss details of a "pre-auction" purchase (925) 846-1451.
Â·Inspections of vehicles are encouraged but (by appointment) must be completed within 24 hours of the end of the auction.
Â·Out of state buyers are responsible for the high bid and shipping costs. California buyers are subject to the appropriate sales tax, DMV transfer, and fees associated with the purchase of any used vehicle sale in the state of California.
Â·To avoid shipping the title with the car to our out of state buyers, we mail the title and other transfer documents via Priority Mail.Larger items and parts will be shipped with the vehicle.
Â·While shipping and transportation costs (if appropriate) are the responsibility of the winning bidder, we can assist with locating a suitable transporter. We regularly ship cars all over the USA/World, and can often times locate very competitive rates for transporting vehicles door to door, to a local terminal, enclosed, open, etc. Please call us for specific information/rates to your location.
Â·We meet some great people and fellow enthusiasts, and only rarely do we have problems with non-paying bidders. Please be certain that you are prepared to buy the car if you bid, or call us at 925-846-1451 before the end of the auction if we can answer any questions. If you have a "sunglass" rating or fewer than 10 feedback ratings
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