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We always keep an eye out for grey market cars from the late 70’s into the 80’s. The bumper laws in the US at the time made many European cars look as though they had diving boards at the front and rear and emission laws resulted in lower compression and horsepower power plants. Here we’ve found a 1985 BMW e30 316 which was never officially imported Stateside. The 1.6l engine is carbureted and the engine bay looks remarkably like a 2002. While this is an automatic we love the small bumpers, cloth seats and steelies that make this car stand out from the more common 325’s of the period. Find this one on Craigslist on Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA for $3,000.
2002’s look best with round taillights, small bumpers and big round driving lights. This ’73 ticks all of these and adds period Alpina style wheels to boot. This car claims to be from Florida where it was in storage for quite a while. It can stand some interior work but the bones of a good ’02 look present. Find this one for $4500 in the Knoxville area.
This 1600 was purchased from the original owner who took delivery of the car in Massachusetts in the fall of 1968. The original 1.6l engine was swapped to a 2.0l unit from a ’74 2002 in the late 90’s with the rest of the car remaining completely stock. We like the low-back seats, euro indicators and lack of federally mandated reflectors and trim that these early cars feature. So far we’ve done brake and cooling system work as we get her ready to be back on the road. Next up will be rust repair, tuning, exhaust and a pair of sidedraft Webers to let her breath a bit easier.