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I have just acquired a BMW320IS with less than 38,000 miles. It was sitting up in a garage for 10+ years. The car is in near MINT condition. It has power brakes but not power steering. It is a 5 speed manual with no AC. It has a moon roof, spoiler w/fog lamps, racing seats, Cassette player with an outstanding stereo system, manual windows, andall original accessaries. The car is having all the neccessary work done by a certified European auto dealership. The engine has not been broken down. The fuel system has been cleaned, restored or replaced. New drums were installed on the rear wheels. Original paint is a silver/grey and in outstanding condition. The motor is in such a good shape that the dealer says this car is quite special. It is running beautifully and handles like it is brand new.

I am going to have it detailed by professionals so that the original paint is not damaged.

What I want to know is what is this car worth? Should I keep it for my personal vehicle? I am in education (Special Ed K-6) and I could really use the extra car. However, I could also sell it because I could use the extra $$$.

There isn't much to go on here in Tuscaloosa, AL. The car is a one owner car from an estate that I helped to close. The family gave me the car in exchange for payment for services rendered. After the detailing, this car will be in near mint condition inside and out. I am really pleased with the dealer's assessment of the condition of the car. I was told that if I keep the car for two more years that the value will climb to $10,000+ due to it being an antique and in such great condition.


If I decide to sell, I can get you in touch with the dealership that is restoring the car. They can tell you technical stuff that I can't. The owner of the dealereship says that I should hang on to this car. He said it is very uncommon to find a 1983 320IS in such great condition.

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keep it forever! and if you really need the money ...then sell it and buy an M ~_~ haha keep it man

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Honestly, E21's are not a car that will increase all that much in value ever. It's not a low production car nor does it have anything majorly special. It's an old BMW, it's not like it was a 2002 tii or a 2002 turbo. Even 2002 values are coming down since the year and the oppertunity for BMW to re-release the marque that made them the status they are now.

The E21 was stopgap car. If it's in as good of shape as you say put it on Ebay with a reserve, but if you look at Kelly blue book or anywhere else it won't even be listed for the most part. A great E21 323i would be a $3200.00 car in my book but they have all rusted away for the most part.

Good luck with it either way you choose.
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how about making it a rally car,.?
or sell it back to bmw for a restoration.

in the later case, (if your against mud) maybe create a place to park it as a shrine and let all the bmw fanaitcs come and sit and pay you a dollar to get a photo with it...

or cut the springs and hammer it to the pavement.
install a booming subwoofer, yet keep the original deck.
get 9 inch wheels that stick out way too far and cruise l.a.

someone will want that little cherry i gair-ann-tea it...

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